For question #1, you can either make the column wider or specify a custom row height in layout setup... that is several rows of text tall. You may find it works better to set up a list view of your data with sliding fields that shrink when the extra space isn't needed for a given record. (The shrinking is only visible in preview mode or when you print the layout.)
Hi Phil -
thanks, that was very helpful! Is there also a way I could change the row width for field names? I'm not seeing a way to do that in the layout setup, but it could be because I'm still learning to speak Filemaker :)
Well, sort of, but you lose a number of interface features that make table view desirable in first place.
In Layout setup..., click the properties button for table view.
Select Include Header Part and deselect Include Column Headers
Now you can drag your field labels into the header and edit them however you want.
Unfortunately, the features for sorting by clicking a column or for changing the column width or order have now been disabled--so you might be better off making your columns wide enough to see the entire field name or to change your field names into shorter labels.