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D7 - Fields - Configuration - Plain Text - Add Field

1. Add Plain Text Field

On the Manage Fields tab:

Add New Field Section

Label field = Enter the name of your new field. Note that a machine name is automatically generated from what you type in this field. If you wish to edit the machine name, click its corresponding Edit link (characters in this field must be all lowercase, alpha-numeric only).

Type of Data to Store select field = select Text.

Form Element to Edit the Data select field = the only option for this widget is a Text Field.

Click the Save button.

D7 - Fields - Configuration - Plain Text - Set Max Length Field Setting

2. Plain Text Field Settings

You will be redirected to the Field Settings tab.

Text fields only have one setting.

Maximum Length field = 255 is the default. This will probably work for most cases, but it can be changed. Please note that once any data is added into this field, the size can not be changed.

Click the Save Field Settings button.

D7 - Fields - Configuration - Plain Text - Other Configs

3. Other Field Configurations

You'll be redirected back to the field's Edit tab.

Here you'll have some basic settings regarding the appearance and quantity of this field.

Label field = this can be changed at any time.

Required Field checkbox = if this is a field that must be filled out, check this box.

Help Text text area field = enter optional help text here, if desired.

Size of Text Field field = this is to set the actual width of the field as its displayed to the end user.

Text Processing radio button = typically you're going to want to use the default Plain Text setting here. Choosing Filtered Text will put a very big rich text editor on a very small field.

Enable Linkit for this Field checkbox = check this to use Linkit to create links to the text in this field, if desired.

Button Text that Activates Linkit Modal text field = for use with Linkit. This allows you to change the button text.

Default Value text field = allows you to set a default value for this field.

Field Template select field = provides integration with Display Suite.

Number of Values select field = the number of entries that you can add to this field.

Maximum Length text field = this is the same field that we filled out in the Field Settings tab.

Click the Save Settings button.

D7 - Fields - Configuration - Plain Text - Position Field

4. Position Plain Text Field

You'll be redirected back out to the Manage Fields tab.

You can position your field as desired by grabbing the field's mover handle, at the left of the field title, with your mouse. Drag it up or down as desired.

Click the Save button.

D7 - Fields - Configuration - Plain Text - Plain Text Field On Form

5. Add Data To Field

Go to the content type that has this field on it and edit or create a new node.

Locate your field within the submission form.

Enter some data.

Click the Save button.

D7 - Fields - Configuration - Plain Text - Plain Text Field Display

6. Plain Text Field Display

The Plain Text Field will display.