Once that setting is enabled, there are 2 options to determine the Contact 1 and Contact 2 placements in the Household:
1. Order of creation: This is the default setting. The first Contact created in a Household will be entered as the Contact 1, and the second Contact will be placed as the Contact 2.
If there is only one adult/parent in the Household, use the Single Parent? checkbox to indicate this. When this field is checked, the first Contact created for the Account will automatically be assigned as its Contact 1, but no automatic assignment will take place for the Contact 2 field. This ensures that no child or alternate Contact is entered as the Contact 2. If an incorrect Contact is entered as the Contact 2, you can edit the Account and remove the Contact 2 value to ensure that the Contact is not included in the Household Greetings and Email fields.
2. Contact Type: This setting uses the Contact Type field on the Contact record. Selecting Principal will set the Contact as the Contact 1, and selecting Spouse will set the Contact as the Contact 2. Only these 2 values can be used to determine the contact placements. Contacts with any other type (or no type), will not be set as the Contact 1 or Contact 2. The system will only allow you to set one Contact per Household as the Principal or Spouse.
When a Contact is changed from Principal to another value, it will be removed as the Contact 1.
When the Contact 1 is marked as deceased, the Contact Type will default to "none". If there is a Contact 2, they will be moved to the Contact 1 field. Please note: Once this option is enabled, editing Contacts or Accounts that do not have the Contact Type enabled will remove the Contact 1 and Contact 2 value from the Household and leave the fields blank. We suggest marking the Contact Type field as required in order to ensure data quality and accuracy.
To use this placement option, navigate to the Admin Tab, click on Configuration Panel, check off the Defining Contact 1 and Contact 2 option, and click Save.