Drupal Enterprise 7: Add an Existing Field to an Existing Content Type

The following instructions are for websites using the default UMN Drupal Enterprise 7 (DE7) configuration.

When working with fields, it is always preferable to reuse existing fields than to create new fields.

This is the second of ten tasks in Creating a New Content Type.

Additionally, your role in Drupal may not have the proper permissions to complete the task. Contact your site administrator for additional information.


  1. Click Menu in the Administrator toolbar.
  2. Click Structure in the Menu bar.
  3. Click the Content types link under Structure.
    Screenshot of Content Types link.
  4. Click Manage fields in the Operations column next to the content type you want to edit.
     Structure page operations menu. Some options on the menu include edit, manage fields, and manage display. Edit is highlighted.

  5. Click the Manage Fields tab.
    Manage Fields tab.
  6. Enter a label in the Label field under Add existing field.
     Manage Fields tab. The Label fields is highlighted.

  7. Select the existing field you want to add to this content type in the drop-down menu under Machine Name.
    Add an existing field. The Select an existing field drop-down menu is highlighted.
  8. Select a form element from the drop-down menu under Widget.
     Add an existing field. The Select a widget drop-down menu is highlighted.

  9. Click Save.
    • Depending on your selections, you will have additional options for the field. Make sure to complete all required fields.
  10. Click Save settings after configuring any additional options for the new field.
    • You should now see the field added to the content type's list of fields.
  11. Repeat steps 6 through 10 for each existing field you wish to add to the content type.

Next Task in Creating a New Content Type