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Calculator in Excel Quick Access Toolbar

I obviously can’t speak for you but I do know that there are times when I’m working in Excel and find myself in need of a calculator.

I know, I know, there are quite a few of you wondering why I’d want a calculator when Excel can basically do all that for me.

Well, sometimes I just feel that it’s easier to punch a few numbers into a calculator than it is to write a formula.

If you agree then you might be happy to know that in Excel 2007 you can add the Windows calculator right to your Quick Access Toolbar.

No more navigating through the Start menu in search of the calculator whenever you decide that it’s needed.

And… if you’re like me, you end up closing the thing when you think that you’re done only to decide a minute or two later that you need it again… so it’s back to the Start menu. Anyway, you get the picture.

So, here’s what you need to know to add the Windows calculator to your Quick Access Toolbar.

First you’ll need to open up the Options dialog box to the Customize section.

The fastest ways to do this would be to either right-click on the Ribbon and choose Customize Quick Access Toolbar or…


Click the down arrow to the right of the Quick Access Toolbar and choose More Commands.


Either way, you should be looking at this:


Above the commands list choose “Commands Not in the Ribbon“.

Select Calculator from the list then click the Add button in the center.

With the command now in the toolbar list click OK.

Voila! A quick and easy way to access a calculator should the need ever arise.