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

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

To use a new vocabulary to help organize your site, you first need to add it to a content type. The first time you add a vocabulary to a content type, you need to make a field for that vocabulary. Every time after the first, you will reuse the field you created for the vocabulary to add that vocabulary to additional content types.

This is the last of three tasks to Create a New Set of Tags (aka Vocabulary)

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 toolbar.
  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. Add a title in the Label field for Add new field (required).
    Screenshot of the Add new field label.
  7. Select Term Reference from the Field Type drop-down menu.
  8. Select a form element from the Widget drop-down menu.
    Widget drop-down menu. Options include Check boxes/radio buttons, Select list, or Autocomplete term widget.

    • Check boxes/radio buttons and Select list restrict users to the terms already assigned to the vocabulary.
    • Autocomplete term widget (tagging) lets users add terms to the vocabulary.
  9. Click Save. You will see a new screen with additional options for the new field.
  10. Add a description in the Help text field.
  11. Select the number of terms from the Number of Values drop-down menu.
    Screenshot of the Number of values drop-down menu.
    • If you are using the Autocomplete term widget (tagging) option, select Unlimited.
  12. Select the vocabulary from the Vocabulary drop-down menu (required).
    Screenshot of the Vocabulary drop-down menu.
  13. Fill in any optional fields as needed.
  14. Click Save SettingsYou should see the new vocabulary field added to the list of fields for the content type.

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