Windows 10: W10 Calculator. Now I know nothing about horses... however


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    W10 pro x64 and W8.1 x86
       01 Apr 2016 #1

    W10 Calculator. Now I know nothing about horses... however


    The Windows 10 calculator offers a conversion facility for common units. I noticed that when converting cm to feet that it also shows other units, hands being one of them.

    The results I get are different to those from any other conversion site I use. Any thoughts.

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    64bit Win 10 Pro ver 1803 Build 17134.81 and W10 Insider Build 17677
       01 Apr 2016 #2

    The unit is a bit of a joke and does not really mean the hand unit which we use in Britain to measure horses. If you put in longer lengths it will refer to jumbo jets instead of hands. Shorter distances refer to paper clips. My guess is the Microsoft hand is the distance between the end of the little finger and thumb, about 18cm.
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       01 Apr 2016 #3

    I think you've got it :) Its confusing because the 'hand' is a (sort of) recognised 'unit'. If you enter 'convert hand to cm' or vice versa into a search engine then are lots of offerings, all giving the 'correct' answer.
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       01 Apr 2016 #4

    Mooly said: View Post
    The Windows 10 calculator offers a conversion facility for common units. I noticed that when converting cm to feet that it also shows other units, hands being one of them.

    The results I get are different to those from any other conversion site I use. Any thoughts.

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    Interesting.
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       02 Apr 2016 #5

    I've gone on and logged this as an 'issue' with the calculator using the Windows feedback tool. I'm pretty sure Phil has the answer, although when you ask Bing or Google to convert 'cm to hands' you get consistent and valid results. Maybe this one has backfired on MS.
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  6.    03 Apr 2016 #6

    Actually the 'old' calculator (which imported courtesy Winaero) also offers hands along with rods, chains, spans, yards (but not alas furlongs, perches or chains....)
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