Decrease the character length for a text field in ArcGIS Pro

Last Published: May 31, 2023


Setting the character length for a text type field with a smaller character length can prevent entering incorrect details for some data, such as postcodes, passwords, or telephone numbers. However, once a field is created and the character length is specified, the number cannot be reduced and can only be increased.

The article describes how to decrease the character length for an existing field by creating a new field and repopulating existing values into the new field.


  1. In ArcGIS Pro, in the Contents pane, select the desired layer.
  2. Right-click the layer and click Attribute Table.
Right-clicking the layer and clicking Attribute Table
  1. Add a new text type field in the attribute table. Refer to ArcGIS Pro: Create and manage fields for instructions.
  2. In the new field, define an appropriate length for the field. In this example, the new field is ‘Fieldtest1’ and the specified Length is 20.
Specify the length for the Fieldtest1 in the Length column
  1. On the ribbon, in the Changes group, click Save.
Click the Save button in the Changes group on the ribbon
  1. Repopulate the new field with the current field value. Refer to How To: Copy field values to another field in ArcGIS Pro for more information.

Article ID:000030521

  • ArcGIS Pro 3 1
  • ArcGIS Pro 3 0
  • ArcGIS Pro 2 8 x

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