I would like to make the company field in the contact screen be a dropdown list containing the names of companies in the company list. Is this possible? I searched in help and couldn't find the company in the list of dropdown fields.
It would certainly be possible with an SDK addon, in the form of a custom layout object, but it really would be a drain on resources, at least once you got over ~1000 companies. I really think just training into your users that they link a contact when they create it would be a lot better, it's easy enough to track all newly created contacts and see by Record Creator who didn't bother to fill the field out..
I haven't tested this, but if the Company field was covered over in the layout (but still leaving the button on the left) and making it required... this might be a solution that would give a similar result.
Or even a field entry trigger on the company field that, if the field is empty, automaticlly pushes the button?