The Windows Calculator app has received several improvements in the recently-released Windows 10 October 2018 Update, but one change that comes without any prior announcement concerns the actual dimensions of the window.
For some reason, the Windows 10 Calculator app now takes nearly the full screen when launching for the first time, and as you can see in the screenshot here, pretty much everything is huge, including here the history and the memory sections.
Obviously, these huge dimensions of the Calculator window are just the right choice on touch devices where doing math operations with touch input would be much easier, but on PCs where the mouse and keyboard continue to be users’ favorite choices, everything looks awkward.
Needless to say, for users coming from Windows 7 or older, the change is unexpected, to say the least, especially when taking into account how the Windows calculator looked like nearly ten years ago.
You’ll be missed, calc.exe
The old calc.exe was pretty much the calculator that most users needed, and although it’s not necessarily a bad thing that the app itself has evolved in Windows 10, a UI that makes sense for each device would be more than welcome.
Yet, as BetaNews notes, users can manually adjust the size of the Calculator app window by simply clicking and dragging on the app edges. This is one major improvement from Windows 8, where doing this wasn’t possible and modern apps were only running in full screen.
If you have already updated your system to the Windows 10 Calculator app, you can try out the new version of the app yourselves by simply launching it from the Start menu.
As a side note, the October 2018 Update is available as a manual download for now, and you just have to check for updates in Windows Update to begin the process.