I would like to display message with particular information in Salesforce.

I have created a custom field of type rich text and made it read only but it does not allow me to display the message I want.

Please see the screenshot what I want to achieve.

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and please advise is this feasible and how to create such field containing message inside?



  • Can you add some detail about when you want to show the message, eg is there a triggering action? You could this with a formula field or code but it depends on what you trying to achieve.
    – Girbot
    Commented Feb 22, 2016 at 11:20
  • No, there is no trigger action. I merely want the following message "Please type and enter the domains by separating them with a space (e.g "acme.com summit.com")." to appear all the time above the Domain field. Could you please advise how to dislpay the message in the layout above the Domain field?
    – Dylan D
    Commented Feb 22, 2016 at 11:27
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    Couple of options, use a help hint on the field it self - if you need a more obvious message you could use a text formula with your message in there.
    – Girbot
    Commented Feb 22, 2016 at 11:34
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    the text formula idea works great for the View page but won't appear on the New/Edit page. For New/Edit page - the only real solution besides hover help is VF -- or, have a good Validation Rule and the users will self-cure/self-learn by making mistakes and getting the error
    – cropredy
    Commented Feb 22, 2016 at 16:47
  • Ok, but could you please advise and give an example how to create such validation rule and what to include in the validation rule in order to display the message I need?
    – Dylan D
    Commented Feb 22, 2016 at 17:48

1 Answer 1


What you want to do is called the placeholder text. This is an attribute supported in HTML5, and you can set it in a VisualForce page via html passthrough.

There is an interesting answer here: https://success.salesforce.com/answers?id=90630000000hITqAAM

If this is a normal object layout, then we'll need to keep investigating :)

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