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

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 Custom Settings in the Menu bar.
  3. Click Advanced.
  4. Click Manage Content Types.
    Manage Content Types link between Manage Views and Manage Nodequeue links
  5. Click edit in the Operations column next to the content type you want to edit.
    Edit link for a content type before manage fields link in the Operations column
  6. Click the Manage Fields tab.
    Manage Fields tab between Edit and Manage Display tabs
  7. Add a title in the Label field for Add new field (required).
    Label field for a new contributor field after Add new field title
  8. Select Term Reference from the Field Type drop-down menu.
    Term Reference option between Text field and Text options in the field type dropdown
  9. Select a form element from the Widget drop-down menu.
    Widget dropdown for a term reference field
    • 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.
  10. Click Save. You will see a new screen with additional options for the new field.
  11. Add a description in the Help text field.
  12. Select the number of terms from the Number of Values drop-down menu.
    Number of values dropdown
    • If you are using the Autocomplete term widget (tagging) option, select Unlimited.
    • If you want to select more than one term in this field, generally it is best to select Unlimited.
  13. Select the vocabulary from the Vocabulary drop-down menu (required).
    Vocabulary dropdown for a term reference field
  14. Fill in any optional fields as needed.
  15. Click Save Settings. You should see the new vocabulary field added to the list of fields for the content type.