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How to turn on the Global Search to search of any custom or standard fields?

I have done the following so far:

 Setup --> Customize --> Search --> Search Settings. 
          (selected my custom object for both "Enhanced Lookups" "Lookup Auto-Completion"

Also I have tried to Search on employee__c Owner field.

Modify Search Layouts of employee__c object:

employee__c -> Search Layouts ->  Edit layout

And selected fields column

But still could not able to search on the field I have added which is "Start_Date__c"

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  • You might consider using reports or list views to find these records instead?
    – Adrian Larson
    Commented Jul 18, 2016 at 21:05

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Can you make sure you have a tab created for your object. Please see this link: Searchable Fields

Also, You need to make the custom field as "External Id". Follow this blog by Jeff Douglous for detailed information: Working with External Id fields

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  • i do have custom tab associated with the object.
    – Nick
    Commented Jul 18, 2016 at 19:56
  • @NickKahn You need to make the custom field as "External Id". Follow this blog by Jeff Douglous for detailed information: blog.jeffdouglas.com/2010/05/07/… Commented Jul 18, 2016 at 19:58
  • Please let me know if this helps Commented Jul 18, 2016 at 19:58
  • Based on the blog you provided I can't event have search on datetime field.
    – Nick
    Commented Jul 18, 2016 at 20:02
  • I am afraid Nick, thats a limitation salesforce enforces on these fields. Commented Jul 18, 2016 at 20:05
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I know it's little late but in my case i followed the below mentioned steps:- 1) Setup 2) Chatter Setting 3) Turn on Chatter and Global Search features = Check the checkbox below this and save

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