Software version: 5.0.4
You can use the keyboard to operate DreamCalc either by using keystrokes or by putting the calculator into the key focus mode.
For many common tasks, using keystrokes is convenient and natural. For example, simply type "5 + (3 * 72) =", and you will see the keys depress automatically and the input appear in the numeric screen.
Keystroke input is not the same as "free text", however. Functions, such as "sin", are accessed by single key press short-cuts rather than by typing the name (to input the sine function, you would simply press "S" rather than typing out "s-i-n"). This method of input allows for speedier input once you are familiar with some basic keystrokes (see below).
It is also possible to use a combination of keyboard and mouse, for example you can press the keyboard SHIFT while clicking the calculator keys with the mouse.
Right-click or hover your mouse over any key for function and keystroke information, as shown below.
Right-Click on Keys for Help
Key hint and cursor behavior can be modified from the Options Windows.
A full list of input keystrokes is presented below. However, some notable keystrokes are:
Press TAB to toggle the key focus mode. In this mode, the key with input focus is surrounded by dotted rectangle.
Key Input Focus
Press RETURN to activate the focused key.
Press "H" to show the key help hint (this is the same as right-clicking on the key).
DreamCalc's key focus behavior is similar to that of standard Windows input controls, however you should use the arrow keys to move input focus rather than TAB. You can also use the HOME and END keys to jump to the top and bottom of the keypad respectively, and PAGE UP and PAGE DOWN to skip multiple rows. In key focus mode, keystrokes other than RETURN and the arrow keys, work as normal.
Press TAB again to leave the key focus mode.
The keyboard SHIFT corresponds to the [SHIFT] key on the calculator. To access a shifted function, you should generally press the SHIFT keyboard key but release it prior to pressing the required function key. For example, to input the DOW function from the keyboard, type:
SHIFT (release and then) "8"
Inputs DOW (day of week - located on the  key).
Releasing the SHIFT key before pressing the next key helps DreamCalc to distinguish your keyboard input properly. Often it won't matter, but in some cases keystrokes may otherwise conflict. For example, holding SHIFT while pressing "8" on the keyboard would normally input the multiply (*) operation instead of DOW, as the "*" character is normally located on the keyboard's "8" key and takes precedence.
Press ALT-S and ALT-R for the [STO] and [RCL] keys respectively, followed by the key naturally representing the memory register you require. DreamCalc will know that the following key press should correspond to a memory register, rather than a function.
ALT-S then "M"
Stores the current value to the MEM register.
ALT-R then "E"
Recalls the value stored the E register.
The following lists default input keystrokes for each function. If the calculator is in base-N mode or the financial keypad is in use, other keystrokes may take precedence however (see below).
If the financial keypad is in use, the following inputs take precedence.
In the base-N mode, the following inputs take precedence.
See also: Calculator Input Style