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Preferences

The preferences section is where you can customize the modules in Zoho Inventory to match your business workflow.

To access this section, click the Settings icon in the top-right corner of the app and go to Preferences.


General Preferences

This section consists of generic functions provided in the modules which can be customized.

Discounts

Tax On Item Prices

Choose the tax preference for your items.

Additional Charges

Select the additional charges you’ll like to add:

Sales Persons

Mode of Stock Tracking

Zoho Inventory provides two methods based on which you can track your stock on hand. Choose an option that will help you control the method of documenting the incoming stock and the outgoing stock.

Rounding Off Sales Total

Check this option to round off the total amount in your sales transaction to the nearest whole number.

General Preferences - Round Off Total Examples

Address Format

Set the address format for your organization from the placeholders provided. To add more placeholders, click the Insert Placeholder dropdown menu and choose the field you’d like to add to the address format.

This address will be displayed in the PDF only.

General Preferences - Org Address Format

Branding

If your company has a brand logo, you can upload it under Your Logo. All the transactions that you send out to your customers and vendors from Zoho Inventory will be branded with this logo.

Themes

Personalize the look and feel of your Zoho Inventory organization by choosing from a variety of themes.

Zoho Branding

Enable the Would you like to keep Zoho Branding on your PDFs? option if you want to display the Zoho branding on the footer of your PDF templates.

Preferences - Branding

Customers and Vendors

The following preferences can be configured for the Contacts module:

Duplicate Contact Names

The contact display name is generally unique for each contact in Zoho Inventory. If you want to use the same display name for more than one contact, check the Allow duplicates for contact display name option.

This is especially useful when your customer and vendor are one and the same.

Customer Address Format

Under the Customer Address Format, you can insert placeholders(for additional data) and customize the format of your customer’s address on PDF templates.

You can also create custom fields for contacts and use them as a placeholder in the address.

Contact Preferences - Contact Address Format

Approvals

If you want the transactions to be verified by you and/or your trusted staff before they are accounted for, you can set up an approval workflow in Zoho Inventory. This helps in catching overlooked mistakes and prevents any unnecessary losses to the company.

Learn more about transaction approval in Zoho Inventory.

General Preferences - Transaction Approval

Items

Set Measurement Units

Choose the measurement units with which you’d like to record the dimensions and weight of your items.

UOM preferences

Duplicate Item Name

Check the Allow duplicate item names option if you want to use the same name for more than one item in your inventory. But before you do, you must make the SKU field active and mandatory since it will serve as the index field for mapping the appropriate items during import.

Composite Items & Price Lists

Advanced Inventory Tracking

Advanced inventory tracking
Things to remember:

Low Stock Settings

Select one or more of the following low stock settings you want to apply to your organization:

Additional Information

This section contains the fields related to the items module which you can choose whether to show or not show on your PDF templates.

Items Additional Info Preferences

Here, you can also configure the scope of sales and purchase prices for each role in your organization. To do so:

The Admin will have complete access to all the fields.

Configuring permission to access sales/purchase price

Note: To hide the sales or the purchase price for a role, you must first restrict their access to those modules completely. Learn how you can configure the permissions for a role here.


Sales Orders

Configure the sales order module to keep up with your sales volume.

Sales order preferences Sales order preferences Sales Order Preferences

Package

Here, you can create additional fields for the packages module using custom fields. This will be reflected across all the new packages.

Related: Learn more about creating packages for a sales order in Zoho Inventory.


Shipment

In the Shipment preferences, you can choose whether or not to send notifications to your customers for manual and carrier shipments.

Shipment Preferences

Related: Learn how you can create shipments in Zoho Inventory.


Invoices

You can configure the following preferences for your invoices module.

Edit Sent Invoices
Payments

Check the options you’d like to automate when your customer makes you an online payment.

Invoice Order Number

Choose whether you want to display the Sales Order Number or the Sales Order Reference Number as your Invoice Order Number.

Invoice Preferences
Terms & Customer Notes

Here, you can enter your business’ terms and conditions and additional notes. This will be displayed in all the invoices. You can also modify the content at the time of creating the invoice.

Custom Fields

You can also create custom fields to record additional information on your invoices. This will be reflected across all future invoices.


Payments Received

Configure the Payments Received module to express your gratitude.

Here, you can create custom fields to record additional information on your payment receipt. This will be reflected across all your future payment receipts.

Pro Tip: You can autogenerate the payment receipt number using the Auto Generate Number custom field. You can have only one custom field of this type.


Purchase Orders

Closing a Purchase Order

You can choose the action following which you want your purchase order to be closed in Zoho Inventory.

Purchase Order Preferences
Field Description
When Receive is recorded Your purchase order cycle will end once you record the receives of all items specified in it.
When Bill is created Your purchase order cycle will end when you associate a bill with it.
When Receives and Bills are recorded Your purchase order cycle will end when you record receives and associate bill(s) with it.
Terms & Conditions:

Enter the terms and conditions of your business to be displayed in your purchase order. This will be displayed in all the purchase orders created unless otherwise you change the content at the time of creating the purchase order.

Notes:

You can enter notes for your vendors and suppliers on your purchase orders.


Bills

Here, you can create custom fields to record additional information on your bills. This will be reflected across all your future bills.


Payments Made

Here, you can create custom fields to record additional information on your payments made. This will be reflected across all your future bill payments.


Custom Fields

The custom fields are additional fields that you can introduce to a module to enter more data.

To create a custom field for a module:

  1. Go to Settings > Preferences.
  2. Open a module of your choice, say, Invoice.
  3. Go to the Field Customization tab and click + New on the top-right corner of the page.
  4. Enter a label name and select a data type for the custom field.
  5. Choose an appropriate level of PII sensitivity if applicable. Learn more about the privacy and security in Zoho Inventory.
  6. Enter a default value to display in the field, if needed.
  7. Choose whether the field is mandatory and if you want to display it in all PDFs.

Note: You can have a maximum of 44 custom fields and each data type has its own limits.

Custom field data types

Types of custom fields supported by Zoho Inventory are as follows:

Text

Select the Text datatype to record additional information of your choice. You can enter a short text, numerical value or a combination of both up to 100 characters. Values allowed are A-Z, 0-9 and special characters.

Choose the PII sensitivity level of your custom field. Learn more about how you can configure the accessibility of PII data in Zoho Inventory.

Email

You can record additional email addresses using this field. Ex: fynn@hotmail.com.

Choose the PII sensitivity level of your custom field. Learn more about how you can configure the accessibility of PII data in Zoho Inventory.

URL

You can record and save website URLs using this field. Ex: www.zoho.com

Choose the PII sensitivity level of your custom field. Learn more about how you can configure the accessibility of PII data in Zoho Inventory.

Phone Number

This field allows you to record additional phone numbers of a contact. Ex: (123)-456-7890

Choose the PII sensitivity level of your custom field. Learn more about how you can configure the accessibility of PII data in Zoho Inventory.

Number

This field allows you to store numerical data(as whole numbers). Ex: 18, -18

Choose the PII sensitivity level of your custom field. Learn more about how you can configure the accessibility of PII data in Zoho Inventory.

Decimal

This field allows you to record decimal values. Ex: 2.38, -33.2

Amount

This field allows you to record amount along with the default currency code set for your organization. Ex: USD50, GBP76, AUD30 etc.

Amount
Percentage

Here, you can record values in percentages.

Percent
Date

In this field, you can record custom as well as relative date values. Ex: Custom Date - 19 Jun 2019, Relative Date - Today, Tomorrow, Starting Date of Month etc.

Date

Choose the PII sensitivity level of your custom field. Learn more about how you can configure the accessibility of PII data in Zoho Inventory.

Checkbox

Using the checkbox field you can confirm an action, answer a question or make a choice. Here, you can also choose to have the checkbox ticked by default or leave it unticked.

Checkboxes
Auto-generate Number

Using this field you can autogenerate values with prefixes of your choice. You can have only one custom field of this type.

Auto Generate Number

Useful for creating a drop-down type custom field where you can input standard choices and make a selection.

Drop-down

Note: You can only have one custom field of this type.

Multi-select

This custom field is similar to the drop-down field where you can input standard choices and select multiple options.

Multi-select custom field

Note:

Lookup

Using the Lookup datatype in custom fields, you can link data from one module with another. For example, let’s say you want to track the efficiency of your users and decide to track the sales orders they create for customers. For this, you can create a Lookup custom field in the Sales Orders module, select the module whose data you want to access (in this case, Users) and specify a list name which tracks the associations.

To add a custom field with the lookup data type: Go to Settings > Preferences and select the desired module. Click the Field Customization tab on top of the page. Click the + New Custom Field button, enter the required details, select the datatype as Lookup and save the custom field.

Lookup custom field
Multiline

The multiline or multiple line custom field is a textbox that allows you to enter descriptive text of up to 36000 characters.

You can only have a maximum of five custom fields of this type.


Custom Field Limitations

There are limitations to the number of custom fields you can have for each data type.

For easy understanding, let’s split the datatypes into four sections:

Section 1

Note: Sum of the custom fields created for the above mentioned datatypes should not exceed 20.

Section 2

Note: Sum of the custom fields created for the above mentioned datatypes should not exceed 12.

Section 3

Note: Sum of the custom fields created for the above mentioned datatypes should not exceed 4.

Section 4

Section 5

Hence, when combined, you can have a maximum of 44 custom fields in a module.


More Actions for Custom Fields

Edit, Delete or Mark Custom Field Inactive

If the custom field is no longer of use then you can mark it as Inactive.

  1. Go to Settings >> Preferences.
  2. Open the module with the unwanted custom field.
  3. Go to the Field Customization section.
  4. Place your cursor over the custom field and you can choose the Edit, Mark as Inactive option or the Trash icon to delete it.
Edit/Delete/Mark Custom Field Inactive

Note: The Mark as Inactive option will be visible only for the custom fields of the following modules: Contacts, Sales Orders, and Purchase Order. For the Items module, you need to deselect the custom field and it will become inactive.

Re-arrange Custom Fields

You can change the order in which the custom fields appear in your PDFs. To do so:

Change order for custom fields 1 Change order for custom fields 2

Custom Field Access

You can restrict certain users in your organization from accessing a custom field capturing sensitive information. To do so:

  1. Go to Settings, then Preferences.
  2. Open the module with the custom field and go to the Field Customization tab.
  3. Click the down arrow next to the custom field and click the Configure Access option.

    Configure Access
  4. Choose the access level for each role and click Save.


Custom Field Usage Stats

The Custom Field Usage stats option allows you to keep track of the number of custom fields you’ve created and the fields remaining for the particular module. This helps you to use the custom fields wisely based on the availability.

Custom Field Usage Option Custom Field Usage Stats
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