Some users need to convert from one metric or imperial unit to another at least occasionally, be it length measurement, data, volume, weight, speed, area, etc.Of course, you can use any small stand-alone calculator to convert this unit.However, a Windows 11 computer is one big calculator you can use to convert various units.Let's take a look together.
How to Convert Units with Windows 11's Calculator App
Windows 11 includes a pretty good calculator app for unit conversions.The app includes conversion tools for currency, length, volume, energy, temperature, time, speed, weight, data and area units, and more.Therefore, the calculator may be sufficient for most users' unit conversion needs.
You can convert units with a calculator like this:
1. Press the Start menu button on the taskbar to view its pinned applications.
2. Select Calculator in the Pinned Applications section of the menu.
3. Click Open Navigation at the top left of the calculator.
4. Select a conversion tool for any unit type you need.
5. Then select a unit to convert from the first drop-down menu.
6. Select a unit in the second drop-down menu to convert the value you entered.
7. Press the calculator's number keys to enter a number.
The calculator's conversion tool will now display a result.It will also show you the approximate value of some other units.To enter a new value, press the back key to erase the currently entered number.
You can also convert units using the app's standard calculator.However, you need to know the conversion factor for your unit to use that to convert.So, it will be easier to use the converter in the calculator.
How to Convert Units with Cortana
Cortana for Windows 11 is a virtual assistant app that can be your calculator.It integrates a unit conversion tool based on the Bing search engine.Or you can use the virtual assistant to perform multiplication calculations and convert units.Here's how to convert units with Cortana:
1. Click the circular Cortana taskbar icon to bring up the Windows 11 virtual assistant.
2. Then enter a command of x units in Cortana's text box.For example, the command to convert 11 meters to centimeters would be 11 meters in centimeters.
3. Press Enter (or click Send) to view the results.
4. Cortana will show you the conversion results in its window.You can click the "see more" link there to open the Bing conversion tool that the virtual assistant pulls up its results.
If you have the microphone enabled, you can issue voice commands to Cortana.Tap the Speak to Cortana button to activate the app's voice chat feature.Then use your voice to enter the unit command for the same x unit.
How to Convert Units with Conversion Software
Of course, you can also choose to use Windows 11's unit conversion software.Convertis a portable conversion tool that you can take advantage of on many Windows platforms.The software is available for free and probably includes enough unit conversion options to satisfy most users.Here's how you can download, unzip and exploitConvert :
1. Call up in the browser softwareConvert's homepage.
2. Press the Download Convert v4.10 button.
3. Click the Explorer folder icon along the Windows 11 taskbar.
4. Open the browser's Downloads folder in the file manager.
5. Right-click the recently downloaded convert.zip archive and select Extract All.
6. To select an extraction directory, select the Browse option.Select the destination folder path in the directory navigator and confirm with the Select Folder button.
7. If the Show Extracted Files box is not checked (selected), click the checkbox.
8. Press the unzip button to open the unzip folder of the Convert software.
9. Double-click Convert.exe to start it.
10. Select an element type label in the Convert window.
11. Select a unit in the input box.
12. Select a unit to convert in the Output box.
13. Then enter a number in the input text box.You will see the result of the conversion in the output box just below.
If "Conversion" doesn't include the unit you're looking for, you can set up a custom converter by clicking "Options" > "Preferences" and selecting the "Custom" tab.Enter the input and output units in the two unit boxes; enter their conversion factors in the factor boxes and select the OK option.You can then utilize the converter from the "Custom" tab.
How to Convert Units with Desktop Gadgets
Gadgets are those quirky gadgets you can add to your desktop in Windows 11.Would you like to have a unit conversion tool directly accessible on your desktop?If so, please take a look8GadgetPack's unit conversion widget.You can add a unit-converting gadget to your Windows 11 desktop like this:
1. Open8GadgetPackwebsite and click the download button for the software there.
2. Right-click Start, select and open File Explorer.
3. Bring up your browser to download8GadgetPackThe directory (folder) of the installation wizard.
4. Double-click the 8GadgetPackSetup.msi file.
5. Press "Install" in the installation wizard.
6. Check the "Set to show widgets on exit" box and click "Done" to exit.
7. Click Add Gadget in the 8GadgetPack window.
8. Double-click the unit converter on the third page of the widget selection window.The gadget will then appear in the upper right corner of your desktop.
9. Scroll down the Unit Type column to the left of the widget and select a category.
10. Then scroll the middle bar to select an input unit.
11. Scroll the right column to select your output units.
12. Enter a number in the text box to view the conversion result.
You can reposition the unit conversion widget by left-clicking its drag widget button and holding down the mouse button.Drag the widget to where you want it on the desktop, then release the button.To enlarge the gadget, click and drag the large size above the gadget button.
Windows 11 PCs are super calculators for unit conversions
Therefore, you don't need to look for any further unit conversions on your Windows 11 PC. Windows 11's built-in calculator and Cortana app are more than enough unit conversion tools.Next time you run into unit conversion problems, you won't be overwhelmed by it.
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