Go into layout mode and with no objects selected set the font and color as you want the default to be in the toolbar. The next field you create will show that as the new default.
The other way to take an existing field that has the setting you want and command click on it.
If the file is being served at the time the setting will not stick, you have to take it down, open it will a regular version of FMP and then do the above.
Given how easy it is for these default settings to change even when you don't want them to, many developers create a Template layout with layout objects set up with the basic formats that they want, then they copy and paste from this layout while in layout mode. (When you copy and paste a field object, you can double click it after pasting to open up specify fields in order to select the appropriate table occurrence and field.)
Thank you for all your help.
Phil, template is a good idea when I'm developing a consistent layout, but that's not what I'm currently doing. I'll keep that idea for future use.
Bumper, Command click is great. More problem I'm having is when I add fields in the table view (but the layout is set up as rows of fields or list of fields) the fields added in table view (which doesn't show up in list view, and that's the way I want it) automatically add as the last formatted option (e.g. brown color). When I go to the layout mode and add fields into the list manually, it's back to my default mode.
How can I reset the format for added fields in table view?
Are you developing on a local or a served file?
I think local file but saved in a shared hard drive that can be used by people one at a time...