I have created a Custom Data field of the field type Alphanumeric Select with 3 selectable options - I want to be able to edit the options that can be selected, but when I try I get an error

"This option group is reserved for system use. You cannot add or delete options in this list."

What can I do to allow edits to the list

WordPress 5.5.8 and CiviCRM 5.5.1

1 Answer 1


The only way to designate an option group as reserved is to do so directly through the database - there is no option to do this through the UI either when it is created via a multiple-choice custom data field or when added directly via Administer > System Settings > Option Groups - there might be a reason that this option group was flagged as reserved, so you might wish to ask whoever is responsible for administering CiviCRM to shed light on the reason and/or ask them to remove the reserved flag altogether so that you can make changes when needed.

Hope this helps, Tamar

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.