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Chapter 2. Defining Fields > Create Text Fields

Create Text Fields

At a minimum, a field definition consists of a field name and a type. The field type determines what kind of data will be stored in the field. Of the eight field types supported by FileMaker Pro 7, Mileage Master uses Text, Number, Date, Calculation, and Summary field types. Define each field listed in the following pages by entering the name in the Field Name box, choosing the designated field type from the Type drop-down menu, and clicking Create. To set any options that are indicated for a field, select the field name on the Fields tab of the Define Database dialog box, click Options, and then click the appropriate tab.

Text fields can store any kind of character data, including letters, numbers, and punctuation. Examples of Text fields include addresses, comments, and phone numbers. (Because phone numbers are generally typed using non-numeric characters, such as minuses and parentheses, they are better represented as Text fields than as Number fields.)


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