Whilst Cases have subjects there appears to be no way to edit via the interface.

  • I agree with Graham. It is these small items that cost more for clients to use CiviCRM as they have to pay us to make content changes directly to the database. I have asked for an estimate to determine funding. Nov 8, 2016 at 21:07
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It seems from this forum post that the ability to edit the subject of a CiviCase has not been implemented, and that its implementation should be done by creating a new core/case Activity Type for 'Change Case Subject' so that any change was also tracked on the Case.

That sounds a reasonable improvement, in the meantime it seems the only option is to edit the field in the civicase table - which my brief testing suggests doesn't not bring the wrath of code down upon my head

  • That is right Pete, you can do so directly in the database, or with the API I would expect. Mar 1, 2016 at 7:09
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    This is precisely the type of absurd issue that I find really riles users and negatively impacts their relationship with CiviCRM
    – Graham
    Mar 23, 2016 at 13:58
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    There is an issue on this dating back a little over a year: issues.civicrm.org/jira/browse/CRM-16633 Needs funding. Anyone keen to help out could perhaps make it know in the comments there?
    – Graham
    Jul 20, 2016 at 15:09

It appears that this has been fixed in the new release today for CiviCRM 4.7.19.


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