How to Make the Multiply Key Work on a Laptop

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In Microsoft Windows operating systems such as Windows 7, Vista and XP, a calculator is included in the installation. This calculator, while somewhat basic in its functions, allows users to do their math operations directly from their computers. The default way for people to use this calculator is by clicking on the screen, but the keyboard is also an option. Unfortunately, in most laptops there is no key dedicated to multiplication. But there is a simple way to use the "Shift" key to make a multiplication key work on a laptop.

  • Open the Windows Calculator. To do this, go to "Start," "All Programs," "Accessories," then "Calculator."

  • Use the keyboard to type the first number into the calculator.

  • Press and hold the "Shift" key, then press the "8" key. This allows you to use the asterisk character, which conveniently doubles as the multiplication key.

  • Type the second number, then hit the "Enter" (or "Return") key. The answer to the problem will appear onscreen.

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