I don't have any more Tabs available. How do I view an Object's List Views even though I don't have a Tab for the Custom Object?

  • Did you want to make this a wiki question and answer?
    – Eric
    Dec 8, 2015 at 18:46
  • Yup. This is also to promote the Salesforce Idea. Seems like it'd be easy as pie for Salesforce to put this info on the Object Detail page. Dec 8, 2015 at 23:41
  • Then please mark the question as a Wiki so it is filed in the proper place :) Only you or a moderator can do it
    – Eric
    Dec 8, 2015 at 23:42

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To access a Custom Object's List Views without having a Tab for the Custom Object, you need the Custom Object's Key Prefix. If you have the Key Prefix, you can use the following link:

https://[salesforce domain]/[keyPrefix]


Key Prefix: a0t

List Views: https://mydomain.my.salesforce.com/a0t

How to get a Custom Object's Key Prefix:

If you can navigate to a record for the Custom Object, say through a Related List, take the first 3 characters of the record's Id -- that's the Key Prefix for the Custom Object.

Example: Record Id = a0g1a000001Eyg1 implies the Record's Object's Key Prefix = a0g.

Another way is to get the Custom Object's Key Prefix via Apex.

Example: Use the following in Execute Anonymous:
System.debug('keyPrefix: ' + My_Object__c.SObjectType.getDescribe().getKeyPrefix());

Please up-vote my Idea to add the Key Prefix to Custom Object's Detail Page for quick reference. https://success.salesforce.com/ideaView?id=08730000000DxNVAA0

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    In some cases, you don't need to know the key prefix. For example, you could create a custom button in a Visualforce page and use something like: {!URLFOR($Action.MyObject__c.List, null)}. You can use this syntax anywhere formulas are available, including most types of custom buttons, Visualforce pages, etc.
    – sfdcfox
    Dec 8, 2015 at 23:04

I wrote a visualforce page to display the id and name of the objects then got the 3 digit prefix from the id field. then just like mentioned above you can take the salesforce url and add the 3 digit prefix to the end. You can also cheat your way to a few other shortcuts with the 3 digit prefix.


will take you straight to creating new for the object

After this you can create shortcut links to get there quicker. Once I know what the prefix is I like to add the 3 digit prefix to the description field of my custom objects so I can find it easier later

  • Yea, I ended up doing the same Apr 15, 2016 at 15:12

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