AutoCAD 2008 User's
Guide > Create and Modify
Objects > Use Precision
Tools > Use a
Calculator > Use the QuickCalc
Calculator >

Overview of QuickCalc

The QuickCalc calculator includes basic features similar to most standard mathematical calculators. In addition, QuickCalc has features specific to AutoCAD such as geometric functions, a Units Conversion area, and a Variables area.

Unlike most calculators, QuickCalc is an expression builder. For greater flexibility, it does not immediately calculate an answer when you click a function. Instead, you compose an expression that you can easily edit and, when you are finished, you click the equal sign (=) or press ENTER. Later, you can retrieve the expression from the History area, modify it, and recalculate the results.

With QuickCalc, you can

- Perform mathematical and trigonometric calculations
- Access and review previously entered calculations for re-evaluation
- Use the calculator with the Properties palette to modify object properties
- Convert units of measurement
- Perform geometric calculations related to specific objects
- Copy and paste values and expressions to and from the Properties palette and the command prompt
- Perform computations on mixed numbers (fractions), and feet and inches
- Define, store, and use calculator variables
- Use geometric functions from the CAL command

Click the
More/Less button on the calculator and only the Input box and
History area are displayed. You can use the expand/collapse arrows
to open and close areas. You can also control the size, location,
and appearance of QuickCalc. See