Introducing Windows 8.1: Where is the Calculator & How to Find it

We noticed that many readers coming to our website were searching for how to find the Calculator in Windows 8 or Windows 8.1. Since we did not have a very detailed article on this subject, we decided to create one and share the methods you can use to start the Calculator. Here’s how it is done.

1. Create a Desktop Shortcut for Calculator

In all Windows versions, the Calculator has a small executable file, named calc.exe. It is found in "C:\Windows\System32".

Browse to this location and make a shortcut to it on the Desktop.

Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Calculator

Alternatively, you can download its shortcut from our collection: Download The Biggest Library of Windows 7 & Windows 8 Shortcuts.

2. Use Search on the Start Screen

Search is always a fast method for finding anything you need in Windows 8 and 8.1. In Windows 8, go to the Start screen and type calculator. By the type you finish typing this word the Calculator shortcut is displayed.

Windows 8, Calculator

The same goes for Windows 8.1. The results are displayed differently though. Also, you will see at least two results being returned. That’s because Windows 8.1 includes also a Windows Store app, for users with touch screens.

Windows 8.1, Calculator

Don’t forget that you can pin the Calculator to the Start screen, for quick access.

3. Use the Apps View

Both Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 have an Apps View that’s a full-screen Start Menu. There you will find many shortcuts include the one(s) for the Calculator.

In Windows 8, go to the Start screen and right-click somewhere on the available empty space ,or swipe from the bottom of the screen if you are using touch. A contextual menu is shown that includes the All apps button. Click or tap on it.

Windows 8, Calculator

This opens the Apps view. Scroll to the right, until you find the Windows Accessories folder. There you will see the Calculator shortcut.

Windows 8, Calculator

In Windows 8.1, the process is a little different. Go to the Start screen and move the cursor to the bottom left side of the screen. An arrow is displayed. Click on it.

Windows 8.1, Calculator

Alternatively, you can swipe from the bottom, if you are using touch. The Apps view is displayed, scroll right, until you find the Windows Accessories folder and the Calculator shortcut.

Windows 8.1, Calculator

As I mentioned before, in Windows 8.1 you have also an app named Calculator. Its shortcut is found in the Tools folder.

Windows 8.1, Calculator

This app is a touch based version of the Calculator that includes many of the features found in its desktop counterpart.

Windows 8.1, Calculator


I hope you found this guide useful. If you know other ways of starting the Calculator in Windows 8 or Windows 8.1, don’t hesitate to share them with us, using the comments form below.

About the Author: Ciprian Adrian Rusen
I love technology and I work in IT for more than a decade. I am the co-founder of Digital Citizen and its chief editor. Alongside my work as an editor, I am also an author. I have written and published 7 books, most of them about Microsoft products and technologies. They are translated into more than 12 languages. In 2014, I have been recognized by Microsoft for my technical expertise and involvement in the community with the title of Microsoft MVP - Windows Consumer Expert.