If you visit here on the CiviCRM Demo site http://d46.demo.civicrm.org/civicrm/admin/uf/group/field?reset=1&action=browse&gid=16 (What I did to create this was create a new profile, for the purpose of batch updating via profile, called Subtype and add the field "Contact" "Contact Subtype". ) Looking at the preview of this field profile preview the only options that are available are subtypes of Individual. Subtypes of Organisation do not show.contact types

How I can get the Contact Subtype field to display organisation subtypes?


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I just tested this & it seems like as soon as you add a field like 'organisation name' to the profile it switches to an org. Civi doesn't really like you doing 2 different contact types off one form - because it doesn't know what to save them as

  • On site in question we added organisation name and legal identifier but still are not seeing a list of subtypes Commented Jul 2, 2015 at 4:03
  • Issue here is that the subtypes for Org show fine in Preview, and the Batch Update process works fine if the Orgn chosen in Search results are Orgs - but it fails if they are a sub-type. the scenario is our case was to find contacts of Sub Type X who ALSO should be Sub Type Y
    – petednz - fuzion
    Commented Jul 7, 2015 at 5:35

This looks like you've found a bug. You can submit a ticket to http://issues.Civicrm.org but it seems unlikely, given the frequency with which this affects folk, to get fixed by the core team without funding. I'm sure they'd accept a patch to address it though!

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