Dependent Fields give you an easy way to create deeper ticket categories and identify the biggest types of issues that clog your support. With Dependent Fields you can nest each ticket into a specific category, sub category and item. That way, at the end of the month, you get to see which categories bring up a majority of tickets, and what specific items within are causing them.
For example, in an IT Helpdesk, Dependent Fields let you organize support queries into first-level categories like Hardware, Software and Network. You could then have sub-categories under Hardware like Desktops, Laptops and Printers, and finally have the individual assets as items.
Quick guide to adding Dependent Fields in your Ticket Forms:
Click on Admin-->Ticket Fields to start customizing the Ticket Form
Drag the custom field type called Dependent Fields from the top, onto the ticket form
In the "Field Properties" lightbox choose the visibility and editing permissions for Agents and for Customers
Create the Label names for the 3 levels of hierarchy in your dependent field. For example, you could call it Category>>Sub Category>>Item or Problem>>Asset>>Typeetc.
Click on Edit under the Dropdown items to start editing the field values
Type the values for each level of hierarchy. Start the value with one tabbed space for the second level hierarchy, and with 2 tabbed spaces for the third level
Click on Done when you have finished editing
Click "Save" in the ticket form to save the new field
If you have a big list of dependent fields you can organize them with the tabbed heirarchies in any text editor and copy-paste them into the dependent fields editor.