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I'm looking for software that can serve as a replacement for a physical "scratch pad", on a Windows system with only keyboard and touchpad interfaces. This is intended to facilitate manual calculations, but not actually do any computation.

$\LaTeX$ is good for some things, but I haven't found an easy way to do things like vertical addition/subtraction/multiplication/division with the same speed & comfort as I might do on a scratch pad.

Excel and Notepad can serve the purpose, but they're a bit clumsy at it. Paint could do, but is not so great to use without a mouse.

Is there any purpose-built "scratch pad" software out there? Or, are there other workarounds I might not have thought of which work well on a laptop with no regular mouse?

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I think you are in the wrong SE board. Your question is not a mathematical one. –  Ittay Weiss Nov 14 '12 at 4:53
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@IttayWeiss I posted the question in chat, and was told there are already similar questions for other mathematical software requests here - so, presumably, this would be acceptable. –  Iszi Nov 14 '12 at 13:46
    
@IttayWeiss: Help Center > Asking says that questions about "software that mathematicians use" are on-topic. This appears to fall in that category. –  robjohn Aug 23 '13 at 9:27
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Microsoft Math has math handwriting recognition capabilities.

MS Math

A few other products claim similar functionality:

MoboMath

FluidMath

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My problem with these, as with Paint, is that "handwriting" with a touchpad isn't exactly fun. –  Iszi Nov 14 '12 at 2:05
    
Ah, you said touch*pad*. I was thinking touch*screen*. –  Arkamis Nov 14 '12 at 2:11
    
I'm searching for the same sort of thing - MS Math doesn't work, because it stubbornly refuses to simply let me write down what I need... It solves everything, which I don't want out of a scratch pad. Has anyone found any software that allows you to write mathematical equations nicely, in order to solve them manually? –  PhoenixCodes Aug 23 '13 at 0:33
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