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The usual prefix for Calc is the key sequence `C-x *`. If you wish
to use a different prefix, you can put

(global-set-key "NEWPREFIX" 'calc-dispatch)

in your .emacs file.
(See Customizing Key Bindings in The GNU Emacs Manual, for more information on binding keys.)
A convenient way to start Calc is with `C-x * *`; to make it equally
convenient for users who use a different prefix, the prefix can be
followed by `=`, `&`, `#`, `\`, `/`, `+` or
`-` as well as `*` to start Calc, and so in many cases the last
character of the prefix can simply be typed twice.

Calc is controlled by many variables, most of which can be reset from
within Calc. Some variables are less involved with actual calculation
and can be set outside of Calc using Emacs’s customization facilities.
These variables are listed below. Typing `M-x customize-variable
RET variable-name RET` will bring up a buffer in
which the variable’s value can be redefined. Typing

Some of the customizable variables are regular expressions. A regular expression is basically a pattern that Calc can search for. See Regular Expression Search in The GNU Emacs Manual to see how regular expressions work.

- Variable:
**calc-settings-file**¶ The variable

`calc-settings-file`

holds the file name in which commands like`m m`and`Z P`store “permanent” definitions. If`calc-settings-file`

is not your user init file (typically`~/.emacs`) and if the variable`calc-loaded-settings-file`

is`nil`

, then Calc will automatically load your settings file (if it exists) the first time Calc is invoked.The default value for this variable is

`"~/.emacs.d/calc.el"`

unless the file`~/.calc.el`exists, in which case the default value will be`"~/.calc.el"`

.

- Variable:
**calc-gnuplot-name**¶ See Graphics.

The variable`calc-gnuplot-name`

should be the name of the GNUPLOT program (a string). If you have GNUPLOT installed on your system but Calc is unable to find it, you may need to set this variable. You may also need to set some Lisp variables to show Calc how to run GNUPLOT on your system, see Graphical Devices . The default value of`calc-gnuplot-name`

is`"gnuplot"`

.

- Variable:
**calc-gnuplot-plot-command**¶ - Variable:
**calc-gnuplot-print-command**¶ See Graphical Devices.

The variables`calc-gnuplot-plot-command`

and`calc-gnuplot-print-command`

represent system commands to display and print the output of GNUPLOT, respectively. These may be`nil`

if no command is necessary, or strings which can include ‘`%s`’ to signify the name of the file to be displayed or printed. Or, these variables may contain Lisp expressions which are evaluated to display or print the output.The default value of

`calc-gnuplot-plot-command`

is`nil`

, and the default value of`calc-gnuplot-print-command`

is`"lp %s"`

.

- Variable:
**calc-language-alist**¶ See Basic Embedded Mode.

The variable`calc-language-alist`

controls the languages that Calc will associate with major modes. When Calc embedded mode is enabled, it will try to use the current major mode to determine what language should be used. (This can be overridden using Calc’s mode changing commands, See Mode Settings in Embedded Mode.) The variable`calc-language-alist`

consists of a list of pairs of the form`(`

; for example,`MAJOR-MODE`.`LANGUAGE`)`(latex-mode . latex)`

is one such pair. If Calc embedded is activated in a buffer whose major mode is`MAJOR-MODE`, it will set itself to use the language`LANGUAGE`.The default value of

`calc-language-alist`

is((latex-mode . latex) (tex-mode . tex) (plain-tex-mode . tex) (context-mode . tex) (nroff-mode . eqn) (pascal-mode . pascal) (c-mode . c) (c++-mode . c) (fortran-mode . fortran) (f90-mode . fortran))

- Variable:
**calc-embedded-announce-formula**¶ - Variable:
**calc-embedded-announce-formula-alist**¶ See Customizing Embedded Mode.

The variable`calc-embedded-announce-formula`

helps determine what formulas`C-x * a`will activate in a buffer. It is a regular expression, and when activating embedded formulas with`C-x * a`, it will tell Calc that what follows is a formula to be activated. (Calc also uses other patterns to find formulas, such as ‘`=>`’ and ‘`:=`’.)The default pattern is

`"%Embed\n\\(% .*\n\\)*"`

, which checks for ‘`%Embed`’ followed by any number of lines beginning with ‘`%`’ and a space.The variable

`calc-embedded-announce-formula-alist`

is used to set`calc-embedded-announce-formula`

to different regular expressions depending on the major mode of the editing buffer. It consists of a list of pairs of the form`(`

, and its default value is`MAJOR-MODE`.`REGEXP`)((c++-mode . "//Embed\n\\(// .*\n\\)*") (c-mode . "/\\*Embed\\*/\n\\(/\\* .*\\*/\n\\)*") (f90-mode . "!Embed\n\\(! .*\n\\)*") (fortran-mode . "C Embed\n\\(C .*\n\\)*") (html-helper-mode . "<!-- Embed -->\n\\(<!-- .* -->\n\\)*") (html-mode . "<!-- Embed -->\n\\(<!-- .* -->\n\\)*") (nroff-mode . "\\\\\"Embed\n\\(\\\\\" .*\n\\)*") (pascal-mode . "{Embed}\n\\({.*}\n\\)*") (sgml-mode . "<!-- Embed -->\n\\(<!-- .* -->\n\\)*") (xml-mode . "<!-- Embed -->\n\\(<!-- .* -->\n\\)*") (texinfo-mode . "@c Embed\n\\(@c .*\n\\)*"))

Any major modes added to

`calc-embedded-announce-formula-alist`

should also be added to`calc-embedded-open-close-plain-alist`

and`calc-embedded-open-close-mode-alist`

.

- Variable:
**calc-embedded-open-formula**¶ - Variable:
**calc-embedded-close-formula**¶ - Variable:
**calc-embedded-open-close-formula-alist**¶ See Customizing Embedded Mode.

The variables`calc-embedded-open-formula`

and`calc-embedded-close-formula`

control the region that Calc will activate as a formula when Embedded mode is entered with`C-x * e`. They are regular expressions; Calc normally scans backward and forward in the buffer for the nearest text matching these regular expressions to be the “formula delimiters”.The simplest delimiters are blank lines. Other delimiters that Embedded mode understands by default are:

- The TeX and LaTeX math delimiters ‘
`$ $`’, ‘`$$ $$`’, ‘`\[ \]`’, and ‘`\( \)`’; - Lines beginning with ‘
`\begin`’ and ‘`\end`’ (except matrix delimiters); - Lines beginning with ‘
`@`’ (Texinfo delimiters). - Lines beginning with ‘
`.EQ`’ and ‘`.EN`’ (*eqn*delimiters); - Lines containing a single ‘
`%`’ or ‘`.\"`’ symbol and nothing else.

The variable

`calc-embedded-open-close-formula-alist`

is used to set`calc-embedded-open-formula`

and`calc-embedded-close-formula`

to different regular expressions depending on the major mode of the editing buffer. It consists of a list of lists of the form`(`

, and its default value is`MAJOR-MODE``OPEN-FORMULA-REGEXP``CLOSE-FORMULA-REGEXP`)`nil`

.- The TeX and LaTeX math delimiters ‘

- Variable:
**calc-embedded-word-regexp**¶ - Variable:
**calc-embedded-word-regexp-alist**¶ See Customizing Embedded Mode.

The variable`calc-embedded-word-regexp`

determines the expression that Calc will activate when Embedded mode is entered with`C-x * w`. It is a regular expressions.The default value of

`calc-embedded-word-regexp`

is`"[-+]?[0-9]+\\(\\.[0-9]+\\)?\\([eE][-+]?[0-9]+\\)?"`

.The variable

`calc-embedded-word-regexp-alist`

is used to set`calc-embedded-word-regexp`

to a different regular expression depending on the major mode of the editing buffer. It consists of a list of lists of the form`(`

, and its default value is`MAJOR-MODE``WORD-REGEXP`)`nil`

.

- Variable:
**calc-embedded-open-plain**¶ - Variable:
**calc-embedded-close-plain**¶ - Variable:
**calc-embedded-open-close-plain-alist**¶ See Customizing Embedded Mode.

The variables`calc-embedded-open-plain`

and`calc-embedded-open-plain`

are used to delimit “plain” formulas. Note that these are actual strings, not regular expressions, because Calc must be able to write these string into a buffer as well as to recognize them.The default string for

`calc-embedded-open-plain`

is`"%%% "`

, note the trailing space. The default string for`calc-embedded-close-plain`

is`" %%%\n"`

, without the trailing newline here, the first line of a Big mode formula that followed might be shifted over with respect to the other lines.The variable

`calc-embedded-open-close-plain-alist`

is used to set`calc-embedded-open-plain`

and`calc-embedded-close-plain`

to different strings depending on the major mode of the editing buffer. It consists of a list of lists of the form`(`

, and its default value is`MAJOR-MODE``OPEN-PLAIN-STRING``CLOSE-PLAIN-STRING`)((c++-mode "// %% " " %%\n") (c-mode "/* %% " " %% */\n") (f90-mode "! %% " " %%\n") (fortran-mode "C %% " " %%\n") (html-helper-mode "<!-- %% " " %% -->\n") (html-mode "<!-- %% " " %% -->\n") (nroff-mode "\\\" %% " " %%\n") (pascal-mode "{%% " " %%}\n") (sgml-mode "<!-- %% " " %% -->\n") (xml-mode "<!-- %% " " %% -->\n") (texinfo-mode "@c %% " " %%\n"))

Any major modes added to

`calc-embedded-open-close-plain-alist`

should also be added to`calc-embedded-announce-formula-alist`

and`calc-embedded-open-close-mode-alist`

.

- Variable:
**calc-embedded-open-new-formula**¶ - Variable:
**calc-embedded-close-new-formula**¶ - Variable:
**calc-embedded-open-close-new-formula-alist**¶ See Customizing Embedded Mode.

The variables`calc-embedded-open-new-formula`

and`calc-embedded-close-new-formula`

are strings which are inserted before and after a new formula when you type`C-x * f`.The default value of

`calc-embedded-open-new-formula`

is`"\n\n"`

. If this string begins with a newline character and the`C-x * f`is typed at the beginning of a line,`C-x * f`will skip this first newline to avoid introducing unnecessary blank lines in the file. The default value of`calc-embedded-close-new-formula`

is also`"\n\n"`

. The final newline is omitted by`C-x * f`if typed at the end of a line. (It follows that if`C-x * f`is typed on a blank line, both a leading opening newline and a trailing closing newline are omitted.)The variable

`calc-embedded-open-close-new-formula-alist`

is used to set`calc-embedded-open-new-formula`

and`calc-embedded-close-new-formula`

to different strings depending on the major mode of the editing buffer. It consists of a list of lists of the form`(`

, and its default value is`MAJOR-MODE``OPEN-NEW-FORMULA-STRING``CLOSE-NEW-FORMULA-STRING`)`nil`

.

- Variable:
**calc-embedded-open-mode**¶ - Variable:
**calc-embedded-close-mode**¶ - Variable:
**calc-embedded-open-close-mode-alist**¶ See Customizing Embedded Mode.

The variables`calc-embedded-open-mode`

and`calc-embedded-close-mode`

are strings which Calc will place before and after any mode annotations that it inserts. Calc never scans for these strings; Calc always looks for the annotation itself, so it is not necessary to add them to user-written annotations.The default value of

`calc-embedded-open-mode`

is`"% "`

and the default value of`calc-embedded-close-mode`

is`"\n"`

. If you change the value of`calc-embedded-close-mode`

, it is a good idea still to end with a newline so that mode annotations will appear on lines by themselves.The variable

`calc-embedded-open-close-mode-alist`

is used to set`calc-embedded-open-mode`

and`calc-embedded-close-mode`

to different strings expressions depending on the major mode of the editing buffer. It consists of a list of lists of the form`(`

, and its default value is`MAJOR-MODE``OPEN-MODE-STRING``CLOSE-MODE-STRING`)((c++-mode "// " "\n") (c-mode "/* " " */\n") (f90-mode "! " "\n") (fortran-mode "C " "\n") (html-helper-mode "<!-- " " -->\n") (html-mode "<!-- " " -->\n") (nroff-mode "\\\" " "\n") (pascal-mode "{ " " }\n") (sgml-mode "<!-- " " -->\n") (xml-mode "<!-- " " -->\n") (texinfo-mode "@c " "\n"))

Any major modes added to

`calc-embedded-open-close-mode-alist`

should also be added to`calc-embedded-announce-formula-alist`

and`calc-embedded-open-close-plain-alist`

.

- Variable:
**calc-lu-power-reference**¶ - Variable:
**calc-lu-field-reference**¶ See Logarithmic Units.

The variables`calc-lu-power-reference`

and`calc-lu-field-reference`

are unit expressions (written as strings) which Calc will use as reference quantities for logarithmic units.The default value of

`calc-lu-power-reference`

is`"mW"`

and the default value of`calc-lu-field-reference`

is`"20 uPa"`

.

- Variable:
**calc-note-threshold**¶ See Musical Notes.

The variable`calc-note-threshold`

is a number (written as a string) which determines how close (in cents) a frequency needs to be to a note to be recognized as that note.The default value of

`calc-note-threshold`

is 1.

- Variable:
**calc-highlight-selections-with-faces**¶ - Variable:
**calc-selected-face**¶ - Variable:
**calc-nonselected-face**¶ See Displaying Selections.

The variable`calc-highlight-selections-with-faces`

determines how selected sub-formulas are distinguished. If`calc-highlight-selections-with-faces`

is`nil`

, then a selected sub-formula is distinguished either by changing every character not part of the sub-formula with a dot or by changing every character in the sub-formula with a ‘`#`’ sign. If`calc-highlight-selections-with-faces`

is`t`

, then a selected sub-formula is distinguished either by displaying the non-selected portion of the formula with`calc-nonselected-face`

or by displaying the selected sub-formula with`calc-nonselected-face`

.

- Variable:
**calc-multiplication-has-precedence**¶ The variable

`calc-multiplication-has-precedence`

determines whether multiplication has precedence over division in algebraic formulas in normal language modes. If`calc-multiplication-has-precedence`

is non-`nil`

, then multiplication has precedence (and, for certain obscure reasons, is right associative), and so for example ‘`a/b*c`’ will be interpreted as ‘`a/(b*c)`’. If`calc-multiplication-has-precedence`

is`nil`

, then multiplication has the same precedence as division (and, like division, is left associative), and so for example ‘`a/b*c`’ will be interpreted as ‘`(a/b)*c`’. The default value of`calc-multiplication-has-precedence`

is`t`

.

- Variable:
**calc-context-sensitive-enter**¶ The commands

`calc-enter`

and`calc-pop`

will typically duplicate the top of the stack. If`calc-context-sensitive-enter`

is non-`nil`

, then the`calc-enter`

will copy the element at the cursor to the top of the stack and`calc-pop`

will delete the element at the cursor. The default value of`calc-context-sensitive-enter`

is`nil`

.

- Variable:
**calc-undo-length**¶ The variable

`calc-undo-length`

determines the number of undo steps that Calc will keep track of when`calc-quit`

is called. If`calc-undo-length`

is a non-negative integer, then this is the number of undo steps that will be preserved; if`calc-undo-length`

has any other value, then all undo steps will be preserved. The default value of`calc-undo-length`

is ‘`100`’.

- Variable:
**calc-gregorian-switch**¶ See Date Forms.

The variable`calc-gregorian-switch`

is either a list of integers`(`

or`YEAR``MONTH``DAY`)`nil`

. If it is`nil`

, then Calc’s date forms always represent Gregorian dates. Otherwise,`calc-gregorian-switch`

represents the date that the calendar switches from Julian dates to Gregorian dates;`(`

will be the first Gregorian date. The customization buffer will offer several standard dates to choose from, or the user can enter their own date.`YEAR``MONTH``DAY`)The default value of

`calc-gregorian-switch`

is`nil`

.