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Activating Problem Types

Problem Types define the type of work that is being requested. Problem Types give you a way to track and report on the general types of work your IT department is doing. (Example: Audio/Visual, Computer Services, Laptop, Email, etc.) Incident has a predefined list of Problem Types and you only need to activate the ones that apply to your IT operations.

How to Activate Problem Types

  • Click on the Problem Types tab at the top of the page.
  • Hover over the Shortcuts menu and click Manage.
  • This brings you to a list of the available Problem Types with checkboxes beside each one. Check the boxes of the Problem Types you want to activate for your account. *Note: We recommend activating a few basic Problem Types to start. It is easy to activate more later on, but it is more difficult to remove Problem Types after they have been in use.
  • Click Save at the bottom of the list.



       Bright Idea: 

Your Problem Types can be used for much more than just designating the type of work on your incidents. They can be used in automatic routing to send specific incidents to specific users. For example, you could set up the system to send all Laptop Problem Type incidents to a particular technician, while all Printer related incidents go to another.

Recommended Problem Types in Incident

Below are the recommended Problem Types by industry that we have found most helpful for our clients. This list serves as a starting point for you when setting up your Incident account. When getting started we recommend starting with a small Problem Types list and keeping it simple, then adding from there if necessary.


Public K-12 Private K-12 & Higher Ed
Accounts Accounts
Audio/Visual Audio/Visual
Copier Copier
CPU/Computer Core Administrative Services
Email CPU/Computer
Equipment Checkout Email
Event Setup Miscellaneous/Questions (IT)
Internet Filter Network Connectivity
Miscellaneous/Questions (IT) New Equipment Request
Network Connectivity Online Class
New Equipment Request Password
Password Printers
Printers Programming Services
Security/Login Security/Login
Server Server
Smartboard Smartboard
Software Application Software Application
Student Database Student Database
Telephone Services Telephone Services
Web Site Web Site