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Chapter 9. Defining Fields > Defining and Changing Fields

Defining and Changing Fields

As you create fields for your database, you'll need to assign names and field types (for example, text or number), then choose how they will be displayed. The following steps cover most field types. For information on defining calculation and summary fields, see pages 119 and 124.

To define a field:

1.
To create a field, choose File > Define Fields (Figure 9.2). Or use your keyboard: (Windows) or (Mac).

Figure 9.2. To create a field, choose File > Define Fields.


2.
When the Define Fields dialog box appears (Figure 9.3), type the name of your first field in the Field Name text box.

Figure 9.3. Assign a name to a new field within the Define Fields dialog box.


3.
Choose the type of field you want from the lower-left section of the dialog box (Figure 9.4). For more on deciding which field type best suits your needs, see Choosing a Field Type.

Figure 9.4. The lower-left section of the Define Fields dialog box offers a choice of eight field types.


4.
Once you click the Create button, the name of your new field will appear in the center window of the Define Fields dialog box (Figure 9.5).

Figure 9.5. Once you create a field, its name appears in the list of fields within the Define Fields dialog box.


5.
At this point, you can repeat the steps to create another field. Or you can further define your field by highlighting its name in the center window of the Define Fields dialog box and then clicking the Options button. For more information, see Setting Field Entry Options.

6.
When you've finished creating fields (you can always add more later), click Done. FileMaker will then display the created fields in Browse mode. To dress up a field's appearance and layout, see Creating Layouts.


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