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This is a generic question.

I was trying to make the first name and last name field of contact mandatory. Currently only the first name is mandatory.

I tried doing this from the page layout. Now I saw that, only the name field was visible there(not first name and last name). So I want to know is this usually the case? Or is is it possible to make the individual first name and last name mandatory from the page layout?

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if this is the case then I suggest create validation rule for first name – Ratan Jan 4 at 9:29
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welcome to the wonderland of salesforce.. :-) – Vamsi Krishna Jan 4 at 9:34
    
I think you should seriously consider reading this: kalzumeus.com/2010/06/17/… – Mark Jan 4 at 15:06
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Because this is a standard field, I don't think there's a lot you can do with this with respect to making them required fields.

A workaround would be to create a validation rule that checks whether or not both FirstName and LastName are filled.

The condition might be something like the following:

ISBLANK(FirstName) || ISBLANK(LastName)

This would return true if FirstName or LastName is blank.

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I suggest create a validation rule for first name.

Make first name required using validation rule enter image description here

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You need to create validation rule from

  1. Setup | Customize | Contact | Validation Rules | New
  2. Enter Rule Name and Description
  3. Enter formula code ISBLANK( FirstName )
  4. Enter the error message.
  5. Select the Location where the error will be displayed.
  6. Click Save.
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I've not tested this but thought I'd suggest for you to try out (nor am I recommending it as a solution).

  1. Change field level security of the first name and last name so they are hidden from all users.
  2. Create 2 custom fields and add them to the page with the required status.
  3. Create workflow rules to populate the standard fields with the custom field values.
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