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Why would ArcPro create longer Text Field lengths than ArcMap?

Question asked by ckaufman_scemd on Apr 3, 2019
Latest reply on Apr 3, 2019 by ckaufman_scemd

I recently brought in an excel table of schools in ArcPro, and loaded the x/y coordinates to export out a layer to a geodatabase.   When I looked at the layer properties of the new data I just created I was shocked to see that ArcPro was creating "monster" text fields of 2,147,483,647 in length.   When I exported the exact same excel file in ArcMap the text fields were the generic 225 in length.   


This is going to cause some serious issues when I try to start merging older and newer files together.  Not to mention space savings in the long run.


Is there a setting I am missing in Pro, or is this another case of it not liking excel?