How to Convert Currency in Mac OS X with Calculator App

Jun 26, 2012 - 9 Comments

Calculator app converts currency

Need to quickly convert a value in one currency to another? You don’t need to hit the web to learn the latest exchange rates, instead you can turn to the trusty old Calculator app. The OS X Calculator is bundled with a variety of built-in conversion tools, currency included. Using it is simple:

  1. Launch Calculator app through Spotlight (Command+Spacebar) or find it in /Applications/
  2. Enter a number you wish to convert from one currency to the next, then pull down the “Convert” menu and select “Currency”
  3. Click “Update” to get the most recent conversion rates, then select the currency to convert from and to

Convert Currency in Mac OS X with Calculator app

Calculator will update with the new amount in the new currency, though you won’t find a symbol to indicate so. Any frequently u

The conversion rates are pulled from Yahoo, but it’s always a good idea to hit the “Update” button so you can be sure to get the most recent exchange rates. This is a really handy feature if you’re participating in international commerce or even just traveling.

A similar feature is also available in Dashboard with the Unit Converter widget.


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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Mac OS, Tips & Tricks


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  1. toto says:

    How handy! Try a free app for iphone :-)

  2. John says:

    I just use google to convert currency.

  3. Pierre Scerri says:

    I find it much easier to use the Dashboard Unit converter widget

  4. checkyoulater says:

    nice tip…however the list of currency looks severely limited, is there any way of adding to the list?

  5. Charles Dale says:

    Where can I get the desktop background of the zebras? It looks beautiful!

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