Windows 8 or Windows 10 users please note!  Computers running Microsoft’s Windows 8 or Windows 10 may produce incorrect answers to some spreadsheet program calculations and also to calculations produced by programs such as WinTax etc.  If you experience these problems with spreadsheets or with WinTax, BackTax or SoftFin, then you need to change your computer’s settings.  Microsoft seem to be under the impression that we, in SA, use the same format for the date and for numbers as they use in the USA while we, in SA, actually follow the British format.  In the USA, the character used as decimal symbol is also different when using the American system compared to the British system.  America shows the number seven-and-a-half as “seven comma five” while we show it as “seven point five” so we advise you to change your setting to English United Kingdom if you are using Windows 8 or Windows 10.  The reasons why you should change the REGION AND LANGUAGE settings for countries such as South Africa are explained on Microsoft’s Support web site.  The web site also tells how to change this setting.  To change the setting

  1. Open your Settings option, select Time & Language, select Region & Language, select Additional date, time & regional settings.  Under Clock, Language, and Region select Change date, time or number formats. 
  2. Use the drop-down menu to choose English United Kingdom and click Apply.
  3. Alternatively, you can select the Additional settings and change the Decimal symbol from a comma to a full-stop and Apply.

Once the new setting has been applied then all your software should operate correctly.  WATCH THE VIDEO BELOW!

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