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

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

When working with fields, it is always preferable to reuse existing fields than to create new fields. Only create a new field when no existing content type will meet your needs.

This is the third 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 Content types link under Structure.
    Screenshot of Content types link

  4. Click edit in the Operations column next to the content type you want to edit.
    Screenshot of some of the operations available when working with Content types. Some of the operations include: edit, manage fields, and manage display. The Edit link is highlighted.
  5. Click the Manage Fields tab.
    Screenshot of the Manage Fields tab.
  6. Enter label text in the Label field in the Add New Field row.
    Screenshot of the Add new field label
  7. Select the kind of information you want this field to collect in the Field Type drop-down menu.
    Screenshot of the field type drop-down menu.
  8. Select the input method you want for this field in the Widget drop-down menu, if appropriate.
    Screenshot of the Select a widget drop-down menu.
  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.
  11. Repeat steps 6 through 10 for each existing field you wish to add to the content type.

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