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Brian_Hendel
5 - Automation Enthusiast
5 - Automation Enthusiast

I’d love to be able to define a default for LONG TEXT type fields so that I can spell out a template for my sales team to fill out prep sheets. Just a bunch of headings with colons. I am sure that I could automate this with a RECORD CREATED automation and populate the field if empty, but seems like there should be a defaults option for that field type.

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ScottWorld
18 - Pluto
18 - Pluto

Yes, I agree with you that there should be a default option for long text fields.

However, the default field option is extremely limited and should never be depended on, as explained in the thread below.

Hands-down, your #1 best bet for this is to use automations for all your default field values. It’s the only way to ensure that you’ll get default values for all new records.

Brian_Hendel
5 - Automation Enthusiast
5 - Automation Enthusiast

Yeah, bummer! But thank you for the info!

ScottWorld
18 - Pluto
18 - Pluto

You’re welcome! Glad I could help! :slightly_smiling_face:

Sara_Moe
4 - Data Explorer
4 - Data Explorer

I would also like to see a default text option for long text fields, especially with rich text formatting!

Joseph_Leveque
5 - Automation Enthusiast
5 - Automation Enthusiast

+1, so we can add a standard checklist to each record

ZYGOTE_DEVELOPM
5 - Automation Enthusiast
5 - Automation Enthusiast

Definitely +1 for this as well – with all the automation potential available in Airtable right now this feels like a very basic element which isn’t keeping up with the times

You could even do this completely through the automation panel: ie If new record created –> Update cell with pre-formatted text. I imagine you could even have a little Mock long-text field in the automation panel so you can pre-format yourself exactly as though you were formatting it in the long text field itself (With Rich text on or off)