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Get a 10-key calculator on your PC.



Q. CPAs once relied on bulky bulk·y  
adj. bulk·i·er, bulk·i·est
1. Having considerable bulk; massive.

2. Of large size for its weight: a bulky knit.

3. Clumsy to manage; unwieldy.
, but wonderful, 10-key calculators until limited desk space relegated them to the closet or, worse, the garbage. But now I find that the calculator built into Microsoft Windows See Windows.

(operating system) Microsoft Windows - Microsoft's proprietary window system and user interface software released in 1985 to run on top of MS-DOS. Widely criticised for being too slow (hence "Windoze", "Microsloth Windows") on the machines available then.
 is of little use. Is there a program that functions like a 10-key I can install on my PC?

A. I've had a 10-key program called PentaCalc for years. The vendor has since introduced a spiffed-up version called the PentaCalc Pro.

You can engage the PC calculator, which works with any Windows application A program that is written to run under Microsoft's Windows operating system. Such applications typically run under all 32-bit versions of Windows, but earlier applications might also run under the 16-bit versions (Windows 3.x) as well. See Windows. , by clicking on a hot button no matter what you happen to be running on your computer. It comes with a huge bundle of options, including the ability to combine buttons from other calculators and even link several calculators. It's programmable and costs just $39.95. For more information go to www.head gatestudios.com/products/ pentacalc/features.htm.

STANLEY ZAROWIN, a former Jof A senior editor, is now a contributing editor A contributing editor is a magazine job title that varies in responsibilities. Most often, a contributing editor is a freelancer who has proven ability and readership draw.  to the magazine. His e-mail address See Internet address.

e-mail address - electronic mail address
 is zarowin@mindspring.com.
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Title Annotation:Technology Q&A
Author:Zarowin, Stanley
Publication:Journal of Accountancy
Date:May 1, 2005
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