Thank you for your post.
In the Fields tab of "Manage -> Database...", select your "Amount" field and click on "Options...". Click on the "Auto-Enter" tab (if not already selected), and put a check mark next to "Calculated Value". This brings up the "Specify Calculation" dialog box. Assuming your field name is "Amount", enter the calculation:
Evaluate ( Amount )
... and click OK.
Just below checked "Calculated Value", be sure to uncheck "Do not replace existing value of field (if any) ".
Click "OK" a couple of times and return to Browse Mode.
If you now enter: 2 + 8
and press tab, the field will evaluate and now display 10.
Please let me know if you need clarification for any of the above steps.
I will try that this afternoon. I have found a number of places where this will be a plus to the data entry. Thank you for the response. I will post back how it works for me.
Shades of highschool geometry. I was so overthinking the solution to this one. So simple... Thanks TSGal