Before you get started using your Cases app to create and track cases, it is important that you set your preferences which determine the defaults for a variety of settings in your app (for example, the default type for the activity created when the case is first saved).
Accessing the Cases App Preferences
The Cases Preferences screen can be accessed from your dashboard by clicking on the ellipsis [
⋮ ] on your Cases App and selecting Preferences.
Here you will see three major sections:
Let’s go through each of these sections in detail.
This section allows you to set your defaults for the New Case screen. This defines what appears in these fields when you open a new case. All defaults can be manually changed on the screen when you open it, however.
Default Assigned To* (required): The Method user assigned to this case.
Default Case Update Email Template for Contacts* (required): Select an email template for the default email sent to your contacts when the case is updated.
Default Case Update Email Template for Staff (required): Choose an email template for the default email sent to your staff when the case is updated.
Default Origin: Where the case originated. You can also create your own custom origins. From the dropdown, the stock choices are:
Default Status: How far along the case is. You can also create your own custom statuses. From the dropdown, the stock choices are:
Default Priority: How important is this case? You can also create your own custom priorities. From the dropdown, the stock choices are:
1 - High
2 - Medium
3 - Low
Default Type: What kind of issue is this case meant to address? You can also create your own custom types. From the dropdown, the stock choices are:
Default Case Reason: Why the case is a problem. You can also create your own custom reasons. From the dropdown, the stock choices are:
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This section pertains to the default settings when an activity is created. Every time a case is created and/or updated, an activity is created at the same time. You may also create a follow-up activity on the same screen. These preferences dictate the defaults for those activities.
Default Activity Type: Sets what activity type initially appears when creating an activity. For a list of activity types and what they do, please see our article Create / Edit an Activity Type.
Default Activity Follow-up Type: Sets what activity type initially appears when creating a follow-up activity. Please see the above link for more information on activity types.
# of Days to Add for Follow-up Activity: This number determines when the follow-up activity is scheduled by default (a set number of days after the initial activity is created).
In order to streamline communication between your customer and your company, the Method Cases App comes with a portal function that lets customers create new cases, as well as view and comment on existing cases pertaining to them. Here are the defaults you can set for what they are able to see once they’re there.
Enable Cases via the Portal: This checkbox will enable Cases within the customer portal. Otherwise, they will not be able to view, create, or respond to their cases.
Default Assigned To* (required): The Method user who is assigned to the customer-created case and receives notifications of customer comments.
Default Case Type: The default case type for a case created in the portal.
Default Case Origin: The default case origin for a case created in the portal.
Once you have chosen all your preferences, click Save All Changes to implement them. Remember, you can come back and change these preferences at any time.