### 5.4 Keep Arguments

The `K` (`calc-keep-args`

) command acts like a prefix for
the following command. It prevents that command from removing its
arguments from the stack. For example, after `2 ``RET` 3 +,
the stack contains the sole number 5, but after `2 ``RET` 3 K +,
the stack contains the arguments and the result: ‘`2 3 5`’.

With the exception of keyboard macros, this works for all commands that
take arguments off the stack. (To avoid potentially unpleasant behavior,
a `K` prefix before a keyboard macro will be ignored. A `K`
prefix called *within* the keyboard macro will still take effect.)
As another example, `K a s` simplifies a formula, pushing the
simplified version of the formula onto the stack after the original
formula (rather than replacing the original formula). Note that you
could get the same effect by typing `RET` a s, copying the
formula and then simplifying the copy. One difference is that for a very
large formula the time taken to format the intermediate copy in
`RET` a s could be noticeable; `K a s` would avoid this
extra work.

Even stack manipulation commands are affected. `TAB` works by
popping two values and pushing them back in the opposite order,
so `2 ``RET` 3 K `TAB` produces ‘`2 3 3 2`’.

A few Calc commands provide other ways of doing the same thing.
For example, `' sin($)` replaces the number on the stack with
its sine using algebraic entry; to push the sine and keep the
original argument you could use either `' sin($1)` or
`K ' sin($)`. See Algebraic Entry. Also, the `s s`
command is effectively the same as `K s t`. See Storing Variables.

If you execute a command and then decide you really wanted to keep
the argument, you can press `M-``RET` (`calc-last-args`

).
This command pushes the last arguments that were popped by any command
onto the stack. Note that the order of things on the stack will be
different than with `K`: `2 ``RET` 3 + M-`RET` leaves
‘`5 2 3`’ on the stack instead of ‘`2 3 5`’. See Undoing Mistakes.