The Relationship tab allows you to create and document existing influential relationships between contacts in your database based on criteria, such as family relationships, contacts belonging to the same professional association, etc. Instead of creating separate groups for small-member associations consider using the Relationship tool to link the members.
1. From your contact's record, click on the Relationships tab and click Relate Contact in the top left corner of the tab. The Relate Contact dialog box appears.
2. Choose the contact(s) to relate to your current contact, by selecting them from the dropdown in the ‘Relate (contact) to’ box.
3. Under the Define Relationship section, first choose the relationship of your contact to the contact(s) you are linking them to. Then choose that contact's relationship to your current contact. Note: The relationship-type list contains pre-defined relationship types, but you may change or add to these values by clicking Edit List Values at the bottom of the list. You may also just type the relationship description directly into the field.
4. You can type in any notes or details regarding this relationship in the Details section.
5. Click OK when finished.
Once you have created a relationship, you can edit them as needed and use the links to quickly go to the related contacts. Under the Relationships tab for your contact, you will see a list a related contacts. You can quickly go to that contact by clicking on their hyper-linked name. You can also edit the relationship by double-clicking on the line item for that relationship, or highlighting it and clicking Edit Relationship. By right-clicking on a related contact, you will find options to relate, edit, or remove relationships, create lookups and more.
** The Relationship feature is available only in ACT! 2009 and later versions.
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