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Calculator comma

Submitted by Fikusas on March 3, 2010 to Annoyance, Usability

Windows calculator has a comma instead of dot. Comma splits different numbers not a part of a number. Dot is official spacer in mathematics. It's very annoying when you paste number (for example 5.25) into calculator and it doesn't understand it and you have to write comma instead of a dot.

Replace comma with dot.



Not fixed

Discussion (20 comments)

Fikusas wrote on March 3, 2010, 10:14am

Changed title from [Calculatior comma] to [Calculator comma].

Calum.Cook wrote on March 3, 2010, 10:30am

As far as I'm aware, different countries use either the dot or the comma.

umang wrote on March 3, 2010, 10:31am

I think your decimal figure is set a comma. This can be changed in region settings > additional settings.


Comment edited on March 3, 2010, 11:32am

anakin_skyrunner wrote on March 3, 2010, 11:21am

In German speaking countries dots separate three numbers (eg. 34.000) and the comma separates the digits below one (eg. 467,89). So I guess umang's answer is the right one for you ;)

-1 because it's not Windows' fault.

micjustmic wrote on March 3, 2010, 3:30pm

I'll repeat what they said, "Regional, not a bug."

.Chris wrote on March 3, 2010, 7:08pm

Its actually correct here. (at least for the US)

When you write out one million its




the dot is for something more like this:

1.50 (ie; one dollar, fifty cents or one and a half)

or its also used in fractions

.5 (half) of 300 is 150

Added link

Comment edited on March 3, 2010, 9:25pm

Calum.Cook wrote on March 3, 2010, 7:09pm

That would be 0.5, not 1.5, Chris.

Fikusas wrote on March 3, 2010, 8:22pm

OK, it can be changed to dot, but if you copy paste number with dot (5.5) it shows 55. So if were are calculations with dot I have to change all the dots to commas.

p.s. We write million without any commas (1000000).

Comment edited on March 3, 2010, 9:23pm

.Chris wrote on March 3, 2010, 8:27pm

Calum I did write that. YOU need to show respect. Just because your a British does not give you the right to run your mouth

and Fikusas, who cares. Dots are used for decimals.

and sure you can. but your just lazzy and not doing your math right.

go back to school and if you are in school turn off your phone and listen to the teacher

broccauley wrote on March 3, 2010, 8:36pm

-1 You have your region set wrong to somewhere like Germany or France.

Fikusas wrote on March 3, 2010, 11:06pm

I'm talking about copy paste to calculator. It's not a region problem. Try it and U see it won't work.

micjustmic wrote on March 4, 2010, 12:02am

Just tried it Fikusas, worked fine. 5.5 shows up as 5.5 when I copy then paste.

I'm in U.S. using U.S. region and formats. No problems here.

It seems only you are having this "problem" so it's your system, not a 'bug' in Windows.

@.Chris, I thought we were going to see a 'new' .Chris since your 'confession' of why you were snapping at people.
You DID, type "1.5" and fixed it, he was just pointing out a typo, why so defensive?

Don't forget: when we edit now it shows the edit, you can't delete the last edit date any more. (See the bottom of this post, and your post with the "0.5" for examples.)

And why so angry again? (I'll await the lash-out directed at me for this one while playing chess with my father.)

Comment edited on March 4, 2010, 1:04am

Ensign Joe wrote on March 4, 2010, 11:01am

Comma as decimal separator is much better than shitty dot. But still -1 it's not Windows' fault that it knows better what's best than you.

Comment edited on March 4, 2010, 12:02pm

.Chris wrote on March 4, 2010, 3:09pm

Micjustmic, why are you talking about the edit thing? Everyone knows that you stupid little man!

Go back to your country please!

micjustmic wrote on March 4, 2010, 5:39pm

Looks like the old .Chris is back. (And .Chris, I'm in my country, the U.S.A. and I'm far from a 'little' man.)

I really should have known better than to believe that you had actually turned into a person.

Back to my old policy of not talking to you at all, it was best for everyone.

Comment edited on March 4, 2010, 6:39pm

.Chris wrote on March 4, 2010, 6:29pm

Grow up. No one cares who you talk too. You your your buddy started by saying something that is not true. i'm sorry if you find the turn off your cell phone comment harsh.

Truth hurts. Quit causing trouble

micjustmic wrote on March 4, 2010, 7:15pm

Um, what was said that wasn't true???

micjustmic wrote on March 4, 2010, 7:26pm

Oh, here's one .Chris. I'll bet that if I point out that you spelled 'lazy' incorrectly you'll change it and insist that you didn't.

You just can't stand being wrong about anything, I doubt it has anything to do with anything that happened in you childhood. And I see you've deleted your "I'm so sorry" post...

I'll now make good on my promise, no more replies to you, and if you REALLY don't care, you won't reply to this... let's see...

Daemonmonkey wrote on March 10, 2010, 10:44am

First time poster, and I can see that .Chris is due to a ban...

People, ignore this troll.

And for you ,Chris: Comma is the right delimiter in most countries and metic system is the correct one. So next time you fill up your car it is 3,785411784 liters ...

/flamewar off

DarkUltra wrote on March 10, 2010, 3:13pm


Some countries use comma as a decimal separator, others use a dot. It would be very nice if Calculator would convert any dot into comma, and the other way around. This is not a fix, it is a workaround until we all unite in a United Earth Federation and welcome our Vulcan overlords that travel at warp speed 4.0 ;)

I have a comma as a "decimal separator" in Region settings, and Kalkulator (Calculator in norwegian) uses comma as decimal separator, and Microsoft Excel 2003 and Open Office Calc 3.2.0, both norwegian versions happily accepts the number.

If I try to paste or type in a number with a dot/period, Excel and Calc, it resolves it to a date. Does it to this in British/English and Amercian/English Windows?

Always be courteous and professional :)

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