Again, new to Salesforce, trying to do good things for good people. I have inherited a custom object with a data type of 'text' and it seems to be limited to 40 characters. Is there a way to expand that field length to 255? I've brought the object down to the IDE and have added the attribute to the length, but when I try to reload it back to SF, it disappears like I never typed it. Here's what it looks like in the IDE:
What you have in your screen shot is a field "Name Field" for a custom object. If i remember right, it is limited to 80 characters which cannot be expanded.