What you need to know
- The Windows Calculator now supports Compact Overlay mode for Windows Insiders.
- The feature allows you to keep the calculator on top of all other windows.
- The feature was first mentioned last month, but it is now rolling out to Insider.
The built-in Windows Calculator gained an Always-on-Top mode recently for Windows Insiders. The feature allows users to pop the calculator into a mini-view that remains on top of all Windows (via MSPU).
The feature was first announced last month and was mentioned in the release notes for Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18956, though it clarified that the feature would ship in the future. Reddit user Leopeva64-2 spotted the feature rolling out to Insiders earlier today.
One of our top requested #WindowsCalculator features is the ability to keep Calculator on top of other windows as you work—you'll soon be able to do just that! 😁 Also, tiny calculator!! https://t.co/AEqu4nkhb4 #BuildTogether pic.twitter.com/TJpkXrRIL4One of our top requested #WindowsCalculator features is the ability to keep Calculator on top of other windows as you work—you'll soon be able to do just that! 😁 Also, tiny calculator!! https://t.co/AEqu4nkhb4 #BuildTogether pic.twitter.com/TJpkXrRIL4— Dave Grochocki (@dgrochocki) July 30, 2019July 30, 2019
Microsoft open sourced the Windows Calculator earlier this year and this new addition is a result of that process.
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Why only insiders? I thought the whole point of the MS store was to get these updates quickly?
After 90 years! Finally 🙌🙌🙌
Huh? It has to be in the tiny compact overlay mode for it to work? What a terrible idea ... Why can't they just have regular always-on-top? In my mind that's a basic feature.
Because UWP API sucks. Everything made UWP lack basic features like this.
Utterly unbelievable.... 30 years ago every app in windows had an option to be set on top. We are going backwards now. Come on MS....
Bob, I don't believe that's ever been a native option in Windows. I do recall that the AMD drivers used to include an option to "Keep on top" if you right-clicked in the title bar, but it was not standard Windows. There probably were other third-party ways to add this too. I suspect some of those might still work in Windows 10, and that a third party could provide that capability.
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