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Chapter 5. Managing Treo Contacts > Customize Contact Data

Customize Contact Data

The Contacts application includes numerous data fields for providing lots of specific information for a contact. Even so, you will likely want to include additional information at some point that isn't reflected in the default fields. Although you could enter the information as an attached note, which might not be a bad idea depending on the information, you should consider creating a custom field. Custom fields are simple text fields that you can rename to anything you choose. For example, you could create a custom field called Spouse Name for entering the name of each contact's spouse.

It's important to understand that custom fields apply to all your contacts. So if you create a custom field while editing a particular contact, the field changes in all of your contacts. This means you should be careful about changing custom fields that you have already created. For example, if you've been using a custom field called Spouse Name and you later change it to Pet Name, you run the risk of mistaking a contact's spouse with his or her pet—not good! If you've already begun using a custom field, you're generally better off creating a new one instead of changing the old one.


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