Manage user-defined fields in Business Contact Manager: Edit a Field

You can change either the name of a field, or the format of the data type associated with that field.

Field name      Type the name you want. This field can be shared among different forms.

Note: A field name must be less than 64 characters in length, and cannot include any of the following characters: [,], -, or #.

Data type      Displays the data type assigned to the field.

Note: You cannot change a Data type that has been assigned to an existing field. If you must change the data type being used for your data, you have to delete the existing field and create a new field with a new data type.

See the following table for more information on data types.

Data type

Available formats


Words or sentences up to 96 characters


Numbers with and without a decimal point (up to 19 digits on either side of the decimal point).


Percentages (with and without decimals)


Prices, income, or any other currency-related data


Answers to simple questions such as yes or no, on or off, or true or false


Date or time information in any of the formats available in Outlook


Whole numbers

Drop-down list

A prepopulated list of possible entries to save time or maintain consistency among forms.

Note: This is part of the process of creating customized Business Contact Manager forms. On the Business Contact Manager menu, point to Manage User-Defined Fields, and then click one of the following: Account, Business Contact, Opportunity, or Business Project. In the appropriate Manage User-Defined Fields dialog box, select an existing field, and then click Edit.

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