If you have a field in the layout's table called FirstName, you can add it to a layout with <<FirstName>>.
This can be resized and font formatted, it show the contents of the FirstName field for that record.
A field on a related Table can be displayed with <<Other Table::FieldName>>
Any calculations on FirstName would be done in a calculation field then displayed with <<FirstNameCalc>>To place a merge field on a layout:1.In, do one of the following:•To create a new text block containing a merge field, click with the arrow pointer where you want the text block to appear.•2.Choose Insert menu > Merge Field.3.In the Specify Field dialog box, select the field to insert.To choose a field in a related table, choose the table from the tables list above the list of fields. Or choose Manage Database to create a new field, table, or relationship.4.Click OK.You see the field name enclosed by double opening (<<) and closing (>>) angle brackets in the text block.To remove a merge field: Select the field name along with the << and >> symbols, then press Backspace or Delete.
If you have FileMaker 11 or newer, t is possible to do this with a variable added to your layout as a "merge variable", but I'm not fully enthusiastic about this method:
Add some layout text to your layout such as "I Declare variables".
Give it this conditional format expression:
Let ( $Calculation = YourTable::YourNumberField / 270 ; True )
Select a font size of 500 for this conditional format. (This hides the layout text from view when you are in browse, preview or find modes, but not when in Layout mode.)
Now select the Layout Text Tool and click the layout where you want to see this calculated value.
Enter this text as your layout text: <<$Calculation>>
Thanks! Your suggestion worked for me.
While you did not directly address my question (I was referring to placing a calculation directly into a layout- not from a table), your suggestion, similar to that of Phil, to use a merge field, pointed me in the right direction. Thanks.