I know this is possible because I have done it many times before but now I can't find it! I have looked in the admin interface, the documentation, and on this here stack exchange. I am hoping someone can remind me.

I want to change the items that appear in the quick actions menu from the contact summary: screenshot of the CiviCRM quick actions menu from the contact record

Where do I go to do this?


  • The only 'simple' way to adjust this is to add a new Activity Type afaik
    – petednz - fuzion
    Commented Jun 12, 2019 at 20:22
  • I am totally misremembering, then. I thought this was something you could modify and new activities did not automatically get added to this menu. TY!
    – Lisa J
    Commented Jun 13, 2019 at 1:43
  • I'm with you Lisa. I am certain that there was a UI place where the actions could be enabled/disabled. I have two environments: the production shows Send an Email in the Summary Page Action dropdown; the development site does not show it. I am certain I changed this using the UI since I would not have made any css changes to effect the change. Commented Nov 16, 2019 at 2:30

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Just noting here that if you have access to your database and set the civicrm_option_value.filter_value = 1 for the activity type it doesn't show.

That wont be the same for all the actions, but at least for the activity types.

Would probably be nice to expose this field in the UI sometime.


I am not sure if you can control this options through UI but you can use hook_civicrm_summaryActions() to remove the options from the list.




CSS based display:none; can be used to hide the ones you do not want, in combination with the other answers (note; this is not a complete/secure solution)

For instance, if I want to hide the "Print Summary" action:

li.crm-contact-crm-contact-print {

You could install the Activity Type ACL extension and adjust what user roles can edit/view/delete a given activity type in the user permissions. However, this would not apply to administrator level users so you would need to use a different method as already mentioned by others for that.


I think the Fast Action links extension from Jon Goldberg will do what you want - see the repo here and the documentation page here

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    No, unfortunately not - though I've considered adding that feature! That extension lets you add new options next to the "View/Edit/Delete" links on contact/contribution search results. Commented Nov 20, 2019 at 1:45

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