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Miscellaneous Functions


In Time mode, buttons are available to control a simple stopwatch.

To start the stopwatch use the start button, which results in increasing time being displayed. This continues until one of the other stopwatch buttons is pressed. The calculator cannot be used for other calculations unless the stopwatch is stopped or set to lap count.

To stop the watch, use the stop button. Pressing start again will cause the watch to resume from the time when it was stopped. Pressing the lap button while it is running freezes the display without stopping the watch. When the start button is pressed again, the display continues, showing the accumulated time. Once lap has been pressed the calculator can be used for other calculations, for example saving the lap time to a memory.

If reset is pressed, the stopwatch is set back to zero. The next time start is pressed the watch will commence at zero.

Pressing count starts a countdown from the currently displayed time. This can be the result of a previous stopwatch time, or the start time can be entered using the keypad. When the countdown reaches zero the stopwatch beeps if "Error Beep" is enabled (see Modes).

The now button sets the display to the current (local) time at the instant the button is pressed. If you need a clock, click on now immediately followed by start which will result in a continuous display of the current time.

The accuracy of the stopwatch may be limited by the hardware device on which it is running. On WindowsCE devices the accuracy is nominally plus or minus 25mS. The stopwatch accuracy is maintained even if the device is switched off, or goes into the suspended state. The nominal accuracy on Windows is plus or minus 1 mS.

In time mode, some of the functions described above can be operated from the cursor (arrow) keys on your keyboard. On Pocket PC devices there is sometimes a cursor device which performs the same function - for example on the Compaq iPaq and others there is a four-way control pad which functions in the same way as the cursor keys. This makes it possible to operate the stopwatch single-handed.

The arrow keys are mapped as follows:

Cursor Key Stopwatch function
> (right) Start
< (left) Stop
^ (up) Lap
V (down) Reset

ASCII Converter

In Binary, Octal, Hexadecimal or Base-N modes, you can use the ascii button to bring up a table of ASCII values. The values correspond to the number base being used. Selecting a value followed by OK will result in the value for that character being input to the calculator. Click on Cancel if you want to check an ASCII value without entering its value.

The example above shows the decimal values for some of the ASCII codes. These were obtained by selecting Base-N mode with a base of 10, as explained in the Modes section.

The control characters (0 - 31) show the control sequence and the control character name.

Saving and Restoring Data

Use the File menu (Tools on Pocket PC) and select Save Data As... and Load Data... to save and restore the calculator data, including the contents of memory and arrays or matrices. This results in a further dialog box to select the filename.

Physical properties, constants and conversions can also be saved or loaded.

Reverting to "Factory" Settings

Whenever you change the calculator settings using the Options dialog, or close down the calculator, the configuration is saved to the Windows Registry. The Windows Registry is simply a mechanism for storing data which is part of the operating system. By using the registry, it is possible for an application to maintain a different set of configurations for different users.

Sometimes you may want to force the settings back to those when the software was first installed. This is analogous to the standard configuration of a piece of equipment when it leaves the factory, which are often called the "factory settings". Unfortunately, if you simply delete the directory containing the software and all the associated files, and then re-install the software, the "remembered" settings will still be in the registry and will be picked up when the application is started.

The registry is not regarded as part of the file system, and is quite difficult to modify. There is a special tool called regedit which usually has to be run by typing the name or finding the file in the Windows directory. It is not normally accessible from the Start menu or Control Panel. The reason is that the registry contains parameters which control the way the operating system works, and it is quite easy to accidentally make the system unusable while editing it. If you ever need to manually edit the registry settings, or keys (which we do not recommend), they can be found under the key HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/FlowSimulation.

If you simply want to get rid of the registry settings, for example to start afresh, there is a button on the Option/General page labelled "Factory Setting". This will remove the registry entry and prevent it from being rewritten when you close down the calculator. It will also delete the default data file, so any calculation data will also be lost. You will be warned that the registry setting will be deleted - answer "Yes" to this question. You should then close the calculator (if it is in the system tray you will need to click on its icon and choose Exit, and if it is running on a Pocket PC device you will need to close it down either from the Start/Settings/System/Memory/Running Programs page or using Ctrl-q on the input panel). If you continue any further changes you make to the configuration are lost, so you are warned of this if you enter the Options dialog again.

The next time you run the calculator, it will have the "factory" settings, as if run for the first time. Note that any custom modifications to the conversions and properties database are not affected by the factory reset. These are stored in a separate file (default.prp) and if you need to reset these also, you will need to delete this file. The original data should be in a file called factory.prp which is loaded automatically if default.prp is not found. On Windows, the default.prp file should be in the installation directory, and on Pocket PC in the "My Documents" directory.