Windows 10 Calculator with Always on Top Feature Reaches Insiders

As you may remember, Microsoft recently announced a new Windows 10 Calculator version that features Always-on-Top and Compact Overlay modes. The feature is now live for Insiders.

In Windows 10, Microsoft replaced the good old calculator with a new Modern app. Microsoft has opened its source code, that allows the app to be ported to Android, iOS, and Web.

The new Always on Top feature of the app will allow Calculator remain always visible on the screen in the system at all times.

When you are using Calculator with other applications, such as a spreadsheet, Calculator will lose focus when you click on the other app (e.g. to scroll/copy). Users have requested the ability to pin Calculator on top of other windows to facilitate ongoing use with other apps.

While the current version of the app doesn't allow to interact with Calculator once you switch to another app until you switch back to its window, things have changed for Insiders.

Today, Windows Insiders in the Fast Ring are receiving a new Windows 10 Calculator version that includes 'Always on Top' mode. There is a new button on the left.

Windows 10 Calc Widget

If you’re on the Fast ring and running Build 18956, you should receive the update. The app version is 10.1907.24.0.

Always On Top mode in Calculator will have the following capabilities:

  • Users can easily pin/unpin the Calculator window on top
  • Users can easily continue with other tasks while Calculator is pinned
  • Users have access to full Calculator functionality, but can always perform at least basic calculations when in the more compact view (smaller than currently allowed minimum window sizing)

Windows 10 New Calc Size

Along with Always on Top mode, the app is getting a new compact overlay mode feature. There is a new button that turns the Calculator window into a small, resizable tool window. The size and position on the screen will be saved.

Windows Calculator Compact Mode in Action
Do you like this new feature of the Calculator app? Share your impressions in the comments.

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