I have a field OBS approved(checkbox) on lead object. I want to carry this value on another field on a custom object. I have created a formulae field on the custom object return type as checkbox.

I have using the formulae Lead__r.OBS_Approved__c but I get the error as Error: Field Lead__r does not exist. Check spelling.

Am I doing anything wrong. Please help.

Should I use any other syntax.

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    Do you have a lookup from the custom object to the Lead object? If so, what is the name of the field? Commented Apr 15, 2016 at 22:32
  • your syntax is fine. You need the lookup relationship in place before it will work.
    – krigi
    Commented Apr 15, 2016 at 23:18

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clearly you are getting this error because that Lead__r does not exist in your system. I implemented the same in my dev org. Instead writing field in formula you just select field it from INSET FIELD button and rest will work like a charm. See the below image, i created lookup in custom object Distributor n formula field also in distributor as you are doing.


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