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Is it possible to remove the dropdown box listing "-all contacts-", "Individuals", "Households", "Organizations" on the "Find Contacts" page? All my users will be students, so any option outside of "Individuals" won't yield any results.

Depending on who needs access to search for what purpose(s), you could either...

  • Create a CiviCRM Profile for your student/users to access for search. This search form would only expose fields you want people to be able to search on, and wouldn't include the contact type dropdown (it only searches on individuals in 1.3 as well). However, this is read-only access.
  • If your users need access to more of the 'back office' CiviCRM functionality (edit/insert contacts etc.), then you'll need to hack the Search template:

... and replace this row:

<td class="font-size12pt \| {$form.contact_type.label}</td><td> {$form.contact_type.html}</td>

with this one:

<td col="2 | <input name="contact_type" value="" type="hidden \|  &nbsp;</td>
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