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MYOB Essentials

Calculator Activated by Pressing Numeric Operators (+, -, *, /) Within Field





5 Posts
Cover User

Along time ago, in a galaxy far, far away I used one of the original MYOB desktop software packages & it had the most incredibly useful function I had ever seen in an accounting package...being the ability to perform calculations within any field simlpy by hitting one of the numeric operator buttons (i.e. +,-,*,/) which would then perform this calulcation without the need to take your hands off the keyboard, rummage around in your drawer for your calculator, perform the function, then enter the result in the aformenetioned field.


I am unsure if this function still exists in the current desktop versions, I seem to remember it disappeared at one stage...I hope I've explained what I'm referring to clearly here? This was one truly an incredibly useful function & one I would hapily see return.



MYOB Moderator CloverQ
7,069 Posts
MYOB Moderator

Thank you for your suggestion @TransferFreight


This function does exist in the latest AccountRight products, which is indeed very useful. Essentials Accounting being a simply accounting product it doesn't have as many customisations and advanced features as AccountRight does, I can see having this calculator option would be a great addition.


I would encourage any interested users to cast your vote here, and comment too if required. 

Contributing User lousullivan
27 Posts
Contributing User

I too miss this feature in essentials. I use it all the time. I wasn't aware that it would not be in essentials when we moved over. Please add it to essentials. 

6 Posts
Cover User

Me too, I use the Account Right for some clients and have just started using Essentials for some of the smaller business clients and use the calculator function all the time.


It is fustrating to find it is not a function in Essentials.


I would like to add to that - bring in more than two decimal places.




1 Post
Cover User

Ideally simple calculations can be done within the data entry fields.

For instance inputting


+ key


enter key or tab key

would result in 7.37 being entered in that field.




MYOB Moderator Steven_M
31,072 Posts
MYOB Moderator

Hi @TheBob


Thank you for your idea in regards to MYOB Essentials

I've merged your idea with this one already included in the MYOB Essentials Idea Exchange.

2 Posts

It will be great (and able to compete with Xero) if you have:

1) Built in Calculator for MYOB

Eg when we type 1+2 it adds to 3 , just like in MYOB Accounts Right)

2) When we pay bills, the amount due for supplier is blank, aren't this really inconvenient??

I am still thinking should I switch to Xero because of this!

MYOB Moderator Steven_M
31,072 Posts
MYOB Moderator

Hi @Sue123

Thank you for your feedback in regards to MYOB Essentials

I've just merged your idea in regards to the introduction of a calcutor onto this idea already included on the MYOB Essentials Idea Exchange.

In terms of Amount Due for Supplier showing blank when paying a bill. I've tested in my MYOB Essentials and the Amount Due is showing correctly when going to Purchases>>Pay Bills. If you are having a different experience I would encourage you to post it as an enquiry on the MYOB Essentails board of the MYOB Community Forum directly so we can investigate further for you.

Experienced Partner LiamSmith
69 Posts
Experienced Partner

Be able to be in a numeric field and perform calculations eg 1+2 (tab/enter) and 3 appears


Specifically on Spend/Receive money Sales/Bills invoices

1 Post
Cover User


Partner chrisc
3 Posts

The in built calculator when using a numeric field does not work the same as previous MYOB versions.

The AccountRight versions do not show the key strikes that have been done as you do the calcuations, therefore you cannot tell if or where you have made a typo.

Its very annoying.

In MYOB V19 and previous, you could always see what numbers and calculations you were doing in a little window that opened as you go.  Now not, so if you make a typo (and most of us type so fast we know we have done one but just need see it to fix it) we can't and have to start all over again!!

Now I realise that we can use an external calculator and type in the exact number we need, but isn't the idea of an upgrade to keep things getting better, or at least leave things that work the same?

This is a downgrade with this feature and affects my data entries for my clients' files quite a lot.


I don't know if this is the correct place to post this 'idea', but could someone please read it and look into it and let me know.  It is very easy to test out.


Thanks, Christine Chester

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