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Field length issues help/Invalid Value base on pick list type

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Field length issues help/Invalid Value base on pick list type

I made a new field 150 characters in length which is enough for data i use in the field.  I created  drop down list and selected- Auto Add to list.  In drop down list values I can only get 64 characters.  I need more than 64 characters.  So I thought that by making field length and selecting Auto add to list - I could type what I need on a new record and then it will add to the list.  No Luck-  I get an Invalid Value base on pick list type. Am I limited to 64 characters? What good is Max field length- 450 is it? when field has these constraints?  Who would ever use all 450??.   

If this cant be overcome- say I broke the field into two separate fields and essentially make required sentences by connecting the two- If I was doing a word processing doc could I add the two field together   and have them  "collapse themselves together"   on paper to merge as one cohesive sentence???  - Regardless of length of either field data?

I am using ACT V11.0