Windows 10 Calculator App Replacement

Windows 10While I like Windows 10, I absolutely detest the Caculator app. It is extremely slow to open and doesn’t allow you to see the history of calculations.

I had a little complain on Twitter about this:

My friend and fellow MVP, Steve Endow suggested a solution as a replacement to the new Calculator app:

Well, Steve played canary for me and installed the Old Windows Calc app from Winaero without issue, so I figured I could give it a go myself.

The app is fairly simple to install and appears to work well.

It appears on the Start menu; for me it is the second app and is the default app when using Win+R and typing calc.

I am going to continue testing this over the ext few days to see how well it works over a more extended period of time, but first impressions are positive.

Notepad++ Change Log Always Open

Microsoft Dynamics GPNotepad++ is my favourite tool for writing blog posts, VBA and PHP scripts. I recently did an upgrade of it on one of my PCs and encountered changed behaviour. Prior to installing the update when I double clicked on a word, only that word was selected; however, after the upgrade, when I double clicked a word, the whole line was automatically selected:

Notepad++ line selcted

I did some prodding around in the Preferences (Settings >> Preferences) and discovered the resolution on the Editing tab. Unmark the Enable current line highlighting and click Close and the previous behaviour was restored:

Notepad++ - Settings - Preferences

Notepad++ Change Log Always Open

Microsoft Dynamics GPI’ve been both building a new test environment as well as rebuilding a number of computers recently. This has lead me to doing repeat installations of some of the software I use. This is something I have done many times in the past, but this time around I encountered an issue with Notepad++.

Every time I started the application, it opened with the change.log. It didn’t matter if I closed the file, the next time I opended Notepad++, the change log was open again. If I deleted the file, then Notepad++ was throwing errors.

After a little prodding around I discovered that the problem was down to how I had created the pinned shortcut on the taskbar:

notepad++ Properties - Shortcut tab

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