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


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    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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    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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    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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    Mooly said:
    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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    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. dalchina's Avatar
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    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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