My company does not make use of many of the fields provided by civicrm. Our users told me the sheer mass of empty fields is overwhelming them.

I know I could walk the hide-by-jquery-to-death way, but:

Is there a designated or recommended way to disable or hide civi core fields like "nickname" or "legal_name"?

  • Now 2018, going into 2019, still no answer on that feature? – Bruno Vincent Jul 21 '18 at 2:37
  • civicrm is largely built by the community - if the community have not provided a feature you want then perhaps not many folk are fussed enough to put together a solution. Hmm just remembered about the new extension so have added an answer – petednz - fuzion Jul 21 '18 at 4:31

The "hide-by-jquery-to-death" way is the way to go for now. (Great name :) )

There are discussions to do that via the web interface in a future version, but that's not there yet.

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  • Yap. I'm afraid, you're right. – nielo Feb 9 '16 at 13:14

You can hide some of them via the UI at Administer > Customize Data and Screens > Display Preferences

e.g. http://d46.demo.civicrm.org/civicrm/admin/setting/preferences/display?reset=1

Display Preferences

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The new Extension called Contact Summary Layout Editor is a new tool that may help folk dealing with this type of problem

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I believe you can create a modified version of the default contact page templates as described here.

Excerpt from that page:

These steps are for any "built-in" screen (e.g. the Contact Summary screen)...

  • Navigate to the screen you want to customize and use your browser to View Source.
  • Search for ".tpl" in the source. You will find a comment line which gives you the path and name of the template used for the screen you are viewing.

<!-- .tpl file invoked: CRM/Contact/Page/View/Summary.tpl. Call via form.tpl if we have a form in the page. -->

  • Locate this file on your server under your ../civicrm/templates path. Make a copy of file in the equivalent path under your new custom templates directory.

  • Edit the file as needed and save.

  • Then clean-up the compiled templates directory, usually by deleting all the directories under your templates_c directory. You can also do the cleanup by enabling CiviCRM debugging and running the directory cleanup command. (NOTE: You do NOT need to delete the standard version of the template from your main CiviCRM codebase. CiviCRM will look for a customized version first, and use that one if found.)
  • You should see your modified version when you reload the CiviCRM screen. If you need help with the templating language, check out the Smarty Documentation
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  • Thanks. Maybe I'll do this at some places but because those fields happen to be displayed in various contexts I hope with js/jquery I'll be able to catch some more occurences in a single place. – nielo Feb 9 '16 at 13:14

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