With that upgrade came new features such as a scientific calculator, programmer functions, and more. One of those is a graphing calculator that can give standard graphing calculators on the market, like Texas Instruments, a run for their money. In this article, we’ll cover how to access the graphic calculator in Windows 11, how to enter and graph out functions, and how to use the calculator to solve for values along the graph.

How to Open the Graphing Calculator in Windows 11#

To open the graphing calculator, click the Start menu and type “calculator” in the search field. Then, select the Calculator app. This will open the standard calculator app. And unless you think to select the menu at the upper left, you’d never know that this isn’t just the same old Windows 10 calculator app. When you select the menu, you’ll see all the options available for advanced calculator features. To access the graphing calculator, select Graphing from the menu. The graphing calculator will open in the same small window. So, you’ll only see the graph unless you switch the display from calculator graphing mode to equation mode using the small toggle button at the upper right. A better way to use the graphing calculator is to resize the window until both the graphing area and the equation editor appear side by side in the same window. Now you’re ready to use this powerful Windows 11 graphing calculator.

How to Use the Graphing Calculator in Windows 11#

To demonstrate how the graphing calculator works, we’ll start with a simple quadratic equation: y = x² + 2. Type this formula into the Enter an expression field, and select the blue Enter button. You will see the graph appear in the left pane over the x- and y-axis. Now, the whole point of a graphing calculator is so that you can solve for values of y when given different values for x. Then, you can trace the graph with your cursor to see these values, such as the y-intercept (when x = 0). You can also use the graphing calculator to manipulate variables in your expressions and see how those changes affect the graph. These are important when students are learning algebra and how different elements of a function affect the output results. A good example is the linear function y = mx + b. This is one of the first functions students learn to understand how the slope and position of a line in a chart are related to each variable. Type that function as another expression and press the blue Enter button to chart it. You may notice that your graph isn’t centered in the display, or you can’t see it well. You can use the + and – buttons at the lower right corner of the chart to zoom in and out. You can also left-click and drag the mouse anywhere in the graph area to slide the display in any direction.