Animations, Annotations, and Audio Editor Don’t Work as Expected in Non-English Windows Environment

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If you experience unexpected issues with animations, annotations, the audio editor, or publishing, it may be related to your Regional Language Settings when using a non-English Windows system.

Some countries use a dot (.) as their decimal symbol, such as the United States, the United Kingdom, China, and Japan. However, other countries use a comma (,) as their decimal symbol, such as France, Germany, Spain, Sweden, Russia, Indonesia, and Brazil.

When the decimal symbol is a comma, you may encounter issues with the following features:

  • Audio editor
  • Syncing animations
  • Adding annotations
  • Grow and Shrink animations
  • Publishing for LMS
  • Text is missing in the published output

You can correct this behavior in the following manner, depending on your version of Windows:

Windows 8

  1. Press Windows Key+X on your keyboard to display the Tools Menu, and select Control Panel. Or, right-click the lower left corner of your monitor to display the Tools Menu, and select Control Panel.
  2. Go to Clock, Language, and Region > Region.
  3. Select the Formats tab.
  4. Click the Additional settings button.
  5. Set the Decimal symbol to a period (.) if it is not already.
  6. Click the OK button to close the Customize Format dialog.
  7. Click the OK button to close the Region and Language dialog.

Windows 7

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  1. Navigate to Start > Control Panel > Clock, Language, and Region > Region and Language.
  2. Select the Formats tab.
  3. Click the Additional settings button.
  4. Set the Decimal symbol to a period (.) if it is not already.
  5. Click the OK button to close the Customize Format dialog.
  6. Click the OK button to close the Region and Language dialog.

Windows Vista

  1. Navigate to Start > Control Panel > Clock, Language, and Region > Regional and Language Options.
  2. Select the Formats tab.
  3. Click the Customize this format button.
  4. Set the Decimal symbol to a period (.) if it is not already.
  5. Click the OK button to close the Customize Regional Options dialog.
  6. Click the OK button to close the Regional and Language Options dialog.

Windows XP

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  1. Navigate to Start > Control Panel > Date, Time, Language, and Regional Options > Regional and Language Options.
  2. Select the Regional Options tab.
  3. Click the Customize button.
  4. Set the Decimal symbol to a period (.) if it is not already.
  5. Click the OK button to close the Customize Regional Options dialog.
  6. Click the OK button to close the Regional and Language Options dialog.

Windows 2000

  1. Navigate to Start > Settings > Control Panel > Regional Options.
  2. Select the General tab.
  3. Select the Numbers tab.
  4. Set the Decimal symbol to a period (.) if it is not already.
  5. Click the OK button to close the Regional Options dialog.