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  • Writer's pictureAnjali Dahiya

Creating a Custom Field in Salesforce

Creating a Custom Field in Salesforce

To create a custom field in Salesforce, follow these steps:

1. Navigate to Object Manager: Go to the Setup menu and select Object Manager. This will open the Object Manager page, where you can see a list of objects on the left-hand side of the page. Select the object to which you want to add the custom field.

2. Access Fields & Relationships: Click on the Fields & Relationships tab. This will display a list of the selected object's fields. To create a new custom field, click the New button.

3. Select Data Type: Choose the data type for the custom field. The data type determines the type of data that the field can store. The different data types available include Text, Number, Date, Picklist, Multi-select picklist, Formula, Currency, Boolean, and External ID.

4. Enter Field Details: Enter a name for the custom field and choose the visibility (Visible or Read-Only) for available profiles.

5. Save the Field: Click on the Save button to create the custom field. The custom field will now be visible in the record layout for the selected object.

Additional Tips for Creating Custom Fields

  • Choose a data type appropriate for the data you want to store.

  • Ensure the custom field is visible to the users who need to see it.

  • Consider adding validation rules to the custom field to ensure the data entered is accurate.

  • Test the custom field to make sure that it is working as expected.

Benefits of Using Custom Fields

  • Flexibility: Custom fields allow you to store additional information about your Salesforce records, helping to track data not included in the standard Salesforce fields.

  • Customization: Custom fields enable you to customize the Salesforce interface to meet your specific needs.

  • Efficiency: Custom fields can help save time and effort by storing data in one place.


Creating custom fields in Salesforce provides a powerful way to store additional information about your records, customize the interface, and improve efficiency. By following the outlined steps and tips, you can effectively create and utilize custom fields to enhance your Salesforce experience.

For more detailed information, you can refer to the Salesforce documentation and tutorials available online.


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