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Decimal Character Appears as a Comma


The information in this article applies to:

  • Microsoft Windows 95


When you are using the Calculator tool in Windows 95, the decimal may appear as a comma.


The decimal symbol was changed to a comma in the Regional Settings tool.


To change the decimal symbol back to a period, follow these steps:

  1. In Control Panel, double-click Regional Settings.
  2. Click the Number tab.
  3. Change the Decimal Symbol setting to a period (.).
  4. Click OK.

Also, be sure to confirm that the locale setting on the Regional Settings tab is correct. A comma is commonly used in European countries; the country may be set to English (United Kingdom) by mistake. In this case, changing the decimal character may not correct the entire issue and other issues may arise.


Changing the Decimal Symbol setting can also cause problems in other programs that use numerical functions. For example, when you start Microsoft Excel for Windows 95, you receive the following error message:

The list and decimal separators specified by the system are identical. Substituting ";" for the list separator.

Microsoft Excel then starts normally, but some functions using a decimal may not function correctly.

Additional query words:

Keywords : win95
Issue type : kbprb
Technology : kbWin95search kbWin95

Last Reviewed: December 15, 2000
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