Template Width

Displays a field’s template width (the number of characters extracted from a report). This value is blank for calculated fields and for fields imported from an external database. You can modify the template width by clicking on its cell and typing a new value. You should use caution, however, when changing this value, as it has implications for how data is extracted from a report. Typically, you would change this value to adjust the width of a field to match a change in the structure of a report. For example, when dealing with Y2K, an IT department might modify the structure of a report to accommodate years expressed in four digit format. This change would cause date fields in a report to grow by two characters, so you might need to increase the template width to accommodate this change.



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