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Crossing Platforms A Macintosh/Windows Phrasebook by David Pogue, Adam Engst

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Chapter 3. C

Calculator

In Windows: Calculator

Windows has a desk accessory Calculator, just as the Macintosh does. You open it by choosing Start → Programs → Accessories → Calculator. Actually, the Windows version is significantly more powerful than the Mac’s—using the View menu, you can switch between standard four-function mode and full, HP-style, scientific mode.

CD Drives

In Windows: CD Drives

CD drives for accessing CD-ROMs and audio CDs are standard equipment on Macs and PCs today, with the notable exception of laptop computers that lack room for a CD drive. For the most part, using CDs on Windows is similar to using them on a Macintosh, with a few caveats.

Inserting and removing CDs. Inserting CDs in both Macintosh and PC CD drives works the same—press the eject button on the drive, insert the CD, and press the button again to close the tray. Don’t be alarmed when your CD icon doesn’t show up on the Windows Desktop—it never will. Instead, you must open the My Computer window to see the CD icon.

When a CD is loaded, the My Computer window displays the name of the CD (see Figure 3-1); when empty, it displays only the CD drive’s drive letter. Once they’ve been inserted, you use CDs just like any other disk in Windows (except that you can’t write data to a CD, of course).

Removing CDs is different, however. On the Macintosh, you’re probably used to ejecting CDs by dragging their icons to the Trash or choosing Special → Eject. The Mac OS doesn’t let you eject a CD by pressing the CD ...

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