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About text fields
Use text fields to store letters, symbols, and numbers used as text. Indexes are based on the words or values in the fields.
Text fields can hold values that are combinations of letters, numbers, and special characters, like phone numbers, postal codes, or serial numbers.
Text fields sort in alphabetical order (left to right, character by character).
To specify how data in a text field displays (for example, to specify a font), see Formatting and setting up field objects in Layout mode.
Related topics 
Defining database fields
Specifying text formats for fields