Nope. It's the same field, same record in the portal as "the text in the original table". If you need to edit a separate copy of the info, you need a record where the data is looked up (copied) from the original. Depending on what you need, this might be another record in the same table or a record in a related table.
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That's what I suspected. I'll use the lookup function instead.
Thank you for your help.