I have requirement where I want to keep all value as selected in multi select picklist on visual force page.

as far as I know I can select one value as default selected on normal picklist but how to do that for multiselect picklist ?

Is there any standard approach to this ? Or Script to achieve that?

Here is my controller

    public LeaseActionEdit_TempController(ApexPages.StandardController stdCont)
      recordTypeId = Apexpages.currentPage().getParameters().get('RecordType');        
        isClone = Apexpages.currentPage().getParameters().get('clone');      
        isUnitRedemised = false;             
         if (Apexpages.currentPage().getParameters().containsKey('id'))
            oppId = stdCont.getId();           

            Method to get value in opp

        public PageReference doLoad()
                List<Opportunity> lsOpp = new List<Opportunity>();

                if (oppId != null && oppId != '')
                    lsOpp = [SELECT Maintain__c  FROM Opportunity WHERE Id =: oppId

             opp = lsOpp[0];

your code snippet on controller
 public static List<String> getPickListValues(String TenantShallMaintain) {
        List<String> res = new List<String> ();
        for (Schema.PickListEntry ple: getPickListEntries(TenantShallMaintain))
        return res;
private static List<Schema.PickListEntry> getPickListEntries(String TenantShallMaintain) {
        return Schema.getGlobalDescribe().get(TenantShallMaintain.split('\\.')[0]).getDescribe().fields.getMap().get(TenantShallMaintain.split('\\.')[1]).getDescribe().getPickListValues();
  • prepopulate the list bound to the multiselect selectList to all the choices (obtained from the schema) – cropredy Dec 29 '15 at 22:29
  • can you elaborate this? I did not understand. – Ricky Dec 29 '15 at 22:30
  • is this a roll-your-own multiselect list using apex:selectList ? or are you trying to default an apex:inputField ? – cropredy Dec 29 '15 at 22:46
  • this is default apex:inputfield. – Ricky Dec 30 '15 at 15:22

Let's start with two utility methods to return a list of strings corresponding to any Picklist-type Sobject.Fldname:

public static List<String> getPickListValues(String sObjNameDotFldName) {
        List<String> res = new List<String> ();
        for (Schema.PickListEntry ple: getPickListEntries(sObjNameDotFldName))
        return res;
private static List<Schema.PickListEntry> getPickListEntries(String sObjNameDotFldName) {
        return Schema.getGlobalDescribe().get(sObjNameDotFldName.split('\\.')[0]).getDescribe().fields.getMap().get(sObjNameDotFldName.split('\\.')[1]).getDescribe().getPickListValues();

Then, if you want to prepopulate an Sobject field bound to an apex:inputField

mySobject.myField = String.join(getPickListValues('MyObject.MyField'),';');

Using your example, after you fetch opp in doLoad(),

opp.maintain__c = String.join(getPickListValues('Opportunity.Maintain__c');


If, on the other hand, you are doing a roll-your-own MSP using an apex:selectlist like the following:

<apex:selectList value="{!selectedVals}" multiselect="true">
  <apex:selectOptions value="{!availVals}"/>

your Controller will need a getter for availVals and a getter/setter for selectedVals as follows:

public SelectOption[] getAvailVals() {
  SelectOption[] res = new List<SelectOption>(); 
  for (String s : getPickListValues('MyObject.MyField')) // e.g 'Opportunity.MyMspField__c'
      res.add(new SelectOption(s,s);
  return res;

public String[] selectedVals {
   get {
       if (this.selectedVals == null) // assumes some entry is required o.w. initialize in constructor
          this.selectedVals = new List<String>(getPickListValues('MyObject.MyField'));
       return this.selectedVals;

during the save actionmethod (or equivalent), you interrogate the selected values by referring to this.selectedVals

there may be typos in the above

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  • Ok let me try implementing in my org. I will keep you posted with the outcome. I really appreciate your all efforts to write this for me. I will keep you posted on the same. Thanks – Ricky Dec 30 '15 at 14:00
  • hey one quick question I cant pass actuall sObjName.FldName as string here can I ? did you mean that or was this "sObjNameDotFldName" only a string? for this line on controller public static List<String> getPickListValues(String sObjNameDotFldName) { – Ricky Dec 30 '15 at 16:03
  • i updated the answer with an example – cropredy Dec 30 '15 at 17:06
  • I am not using select list I am only using standard <apex:inputtext field>. so I understand where should I add this line on visual force page mySobject.myField = String.join(getPickListValues(),';'); – Ricky Dec 30 '15 at 17:18
  • here is the input field on visual force force page I am using <apex:inputField value="{!opp.Maintain__c}" id="OppMaintain" /> how do I use your code snippet with the inputfield part? – Ricky Dec 30 '15 at 17:53

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