Stand Alone Edition Running on More than One Computer

The Stand Alone Edition of Time Clock MTS can only be used on one computer. However, if you ever need to move it to a new computer (perhaps because the old one died) you’ll want to move your time clock software and data file to the new computer. When you run the Stand Alone Edition on the new computer for the first time you might be confronted by this screen:

Warning : Time Clock MTS is running on more than one computer

This can happen because your old computer died while Time Clock MTS was running and some cleanup to your data file didn’t happen as it should. Rectifying the problem is simple. Just click the Continue button and then log in as the administrator and go to the Tools->Manage Connections screen.

The Manage Connections Screen

On this screen you’ll see something like that above. The red line indicates the old computer’s connection to your time clock data file. All you need to do is click on that line and then click the Disconnect button. This will remove the entry and you should see something like this:

The old connection is now gone and you’re ready to use your new Stand-Alone installation without further interruption!

The Date Format on Report Configuration Screen

From time to time we get asked how to change the date format on the report configuration screen. In fact, you cannot change the format from within our software because the format used is retrieved from the Windows regional date format setting. However, you can certainly change the format, from say, MM/DD/YYYY to DD/MM/YYYY but you’d have to change the regional date format that Windows uses and then restart Time Clock MTS to pick up the new setting.

For example here’s the relevant part of the Report Configuration screen with the Windows 10 Region Format set to English (United States):

English (United States) MM/DD/YYYY Format

And here’s what it looks like with the Windows 10 Region Format set to English (Australia):

English (Australia) DD/MM/YYYY Format

Now, how you change your Windows regional date format is really beyond the scope of this article. But if you’re on Windows 10 type “region” into the taskbar search box and choose the Region & Language Settings option. Then choose the Additional date, time, & regional settings option which you’ll see part way down the screen. Finally on the Clock Language, and Region window choose the Change date, time, or number formats and choose your regional format from the window that then appears.

Choosing the Date Format Region (Windows 10)

Choose Time Punches from Hours and Minutes or Decimal Hours

Time Clock MTS records all time punches accurate to the second. It can display elapsed times between time punches in either hours and minutes (1:30) or decimal hours (1.50). Hours and minutes are typically used for timesheets in most businesses. Decimal hours are usually used when time needs to be tracked, costed, and even charged out. Obviously it’s a lot easier to cost out 10.85 hours at $50 / hr than it is to cost out 10 hours and 51 minutes at $50 per hour. Changing how times are displayed in Time Clock MTS is controlled from the Tools->Options->Report Settings Screen.

Change the Time Display Format on the Report Settings screen.

Choosing between the two time display formats is simply a matter of choosing an option from the Display Times as drop down.

A Comparison of the Two Time Display Formats

Below is a side-by-side comparison of the same time card displayed with hours and minutes (left) and decimal hours (right).

Hours and Minutes

Decimal Hours

Some examples to note are the first time punch, recorded as 7 hours and 30 minutes on the left and as 7.50 hours on the right, and the second punch recorded as 7 hours and 15 minutes on the left and 7.25 hours on the right.

Setting up Simple 40 Hour Weekly Overtime

Here’s a question we got recently from a user:

I’m wondering how to setup our overtime rules. Our overtime is calculated based off a Sunday to Saturday work week. Any hours worked over 40 should be paid at overtime rate.

There’s two things to answer here, firstly, how to setup the work week, and second, how to setup the simple 40 hour weekly overtime. The first day of the work week can be configured from the Tools->Options->Payroll Settings screen, which is only accessible when you’re logged in as the time clock administrator. The Payroll Settings screen scan be seen below.

Simple Overtime – Payroll Settings

To change the First Day of the Week choose an option from the First Day of Week dropdown. In this case we’re going to choose Sunday. This means that overtime calculations will start on Sunday of each week. Next we need to adjust the overtime settings to suit, overtime settings are available on the Tools->Options->Overtime Settings screen (see below).

Simple Overtime – Overtime Settings

Setting up weekly overtime using this screen is quite simple. Make sure ALL boxes are unchecked except for the Pay Weekly Overtime box. Enter the Weekly Overtime Limit in the text box next to this checkbox, in this case 40 hours. The final step is to choose a Overtime Calculation method from the Overtime Calculation dropdown box. We’ll choose “Weekly Only” in this case. When you’re happy with settings click the Save button and you’re done!

Hiding Deactivated Employees

Deactivating employees in Time Clock MTS is a great way of preventing people from punching in and out or to temporarily mark an employee account as inactive. That can be useful if your workforce has a seasonal element and you do not want seasonal workers filling up your employee list when they are not actually working. Deactivated employees are hidden by default on the normal employee list to prevent access to those employees, but those same employees are visible when you’re logged in as the time clock administrator. However, there is a way of hiding them, this how-to-article explains that process.

The Employee Information Screen

You’ll need to be signed in as the Time Clock administrator to perform these actions. Firstly, we’ll mark an employee as deactivated using the Employee Information screen (see above). Just check the Deactivated checkbox and then click the Save Employee button.

Deactivated Employee Visible

Now if you look at the Employee List you’ll see that the icon next to the employee has changed to gray indicating they are marked as deactivated.

Also Visible on Edit Times Screen

If you head over to the Tools->Edit Time screen you’ll also note that the deactivated employee is also visible here.

Hiding Deactivated Employees

So let’s hide the deactivated employee. Go back to the Employee List and click your right mouse button on the employee list and you’ll be shown the above popup menu. Choose the Hide Deactivated Employees. And……

Deactivated Employee Hidden

Presto chango! The deactivated employee is now hidden. Let’s take a look at the Edit Times screen again.

Also Hidden on Edit Times Screen

Note that they are hidden there too. And that’s all there is to it!

If you want to show the hidden deactivated employees again right click on the employee list and you’ll be shown a popup menu again, just select the Show Deactivated Employees option and they’ll appear again.

Punching a Group of Employees In or Out

The Edit Times Screen

The Edit Times Screen

This Time Clock MTS How To Article covers how the Time Clock Administrator can quickly and easily select a group of employees and punch them in or out. This is of most use if a group of employees with the same start time or end time forget to punch in or out of Time Clock MTS when they start or stop work for the day.

To select a group of employees to punch in or out of Time Clock MTS follow the steps below.

  1. Firstly, you must log into Time Clock MTS as the administrator, this How To Article explains how to log in as the time clock administrator.
  2. Go to the Tools->Edit Times screen and you’ll be shown the screen above.
  3. Click the Punch In / Out button and you’ll be shown the drop-down menu below.
  4. Selecting a Group of Employees

  5. The options are fairly self explanatory. The Selected Employee options affect only the employee you have selected on the Edit Times employee list. The Checked Employees options affect only the employees that have the checkbox next to their names ticked. Obviously, the ALL options affect all employees in the list.
  6. Choose the required option to affect the group of employees you need and you’ll be shown the screen below to set a Punch In or Punch Out time.
  7. Setting the Punch In / Out Time

  8. Confirm that you want to Punch In / Out the selected group of employees.
  9. The required action will now be performed on the group of employees you’ve selected. It’s important to note that employees that are currently Punched In cannot be punched in again and vice versa. Those employees will remain unaffected by the action you try to perform on them.

If this article isn’t what you were looking for you might find the How to Punch In All Employees article or the How to Punch Out All Employees article useful.

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