ok, this is probably easily answered, and in hindesite i'll go... "oh yeah, that was easy."<BR><BR>i'm putting together a simple messageboard. and when a post is added i need to update the posts colum. right now i'm making a recordset, calling the current post total, and updating it. way too much crap. there has to be a way to add or subtract 1 from the column in the update string. is there?