Tip & How-To about Sharp ELW516 Scientific Calculator
Getting Decimal Answers by Disabling WriteView on the Sharp EL-W516 Calculator
The Sharp EL-W516's WriteView display uses multiple lines to display mathematics as it is seen on a page. Fractions are shown as fractions, exponents as exponents, integrals as integrals, and so on. This makes entering calculations easier, and reduces the chance of errors.
At the same time, calculation results are displayed as fractions (or with roots or pi) whenever possible. Pressing the CHANGE button repeatedly will change these to decimal answers.
If you prefer to always get decimal results you need to disable the WriteView display mode. Doing this will make the calculator display like the Sharp EL-546W when in NORMAL mode. Answers will be given as decimals, but fractions will no longer look like fractions. In general, you will still need to follow the EL-W516 instructions.
Press 2ndF and MATH to enter SET UP. Now press 2 for EDITOR.
There are now two options: 0: W-VIEW, and 1: LINE
Press 1 for Linear display mode to disable the WriteView display, and to get decimals as your answers.
To return to the WriteView display, go through the steps above but press 0 for W-VIEW.
NOTE: It is not possible to have decimals as the default answer form when in WriteView mode.
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