I have a standard button added to the salesforce standard page, what I want to do when the user clicks on the buttons the following:

1) alert with the message saying " are you sure you want to run "
   a. if the user ok then execute the trigger
   b. if the user cancel then do nothing.

Is there any way to set up an alert message when a user clicks the button on the Contact object, so when the user clicks on the button, user should get an alert with [ok] and [cancel] if the user click on [cancel] nothing happens but if the user clicks on [ok] then I have to fire trigger event.

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    Could you please be more specific? – sfdcfox Sep 7 '16 at 17:49
  • Updated please have a look at it. – Nick Kahn Sep 7 '16 at 18:00
  • Do you mean a custom button you created (Setup > Customize > Contacts > Custom Buttons, Links, and Actions), or a standard button like New, Edit, Delete, Sharing? – sfdcfox Sep 7 '16 at 18:03
  • Custom Button or Link created with Behavior - Javascript – Nick Kahn Sep 7 '16 at 18:04
  • Do you just want to run an empty update? Are you looking for the window.confirm method? How is this not just a pure JS question? – Adrian Larson Sep 7 '16 at 18:07

At a basic level, you can use JavaScript, as follows:


if(confirm('Are you sure?')) {
    var result = sforce.apex.execute('MyClass','MyMethod',{ recordId: '{!Contact.Id}' });

See the documentation for more information.

You could also perform a direct DML operation:

var record = new sforce.SObject('Contact');
record.Id = '{!Contact.Id}';
if(confirm('Are you sure?')) {
    var result = sforce.connection.update([record]);
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  • Although this approach requires you to make your methods global, right? Couldn't you just do an empty update instead and avoid that? – Adrian Larson Sep 7 '16 at 19:08
  • @AdrianLarson A decent point. There's several ways to do the same thing, it's mostly a matter of preference. Global/public doesn't make any difference unless we're talking about putting out a managed package. I've included the empty-update method as well. – sfdcfox Sep 7 '16 at 19:17
  • Well, you have to make it webservice too, which I missed. Doesn't have any impact though? Can't your code then be called from a broader array of contexts? I always thought it would weaken your security somewhat to make methods global, depending on what actions they perform. – Adrian Larson Sep 7 '16 at 19:18
  • @AdrianLarson There's really no practical difference to a beginning developer. Once you start dealing with managed packages, then you have to worry about the limitations imposed by global. – sfdcfox Sep 7 '16 at 19:38
  • So basically you just worry about being tied to a specific implementation? Is that it? – Adrian Larson Sep 7 '16 at 19:39

There are a couple of ways you could accomplish this depending on what you want to do when the button is pressed. I have used javascript for easy field updates on the record, and creating a javascript window with ok/cancel buttons shouldn't be too hard. Start Here: http://www.cloudsocius.com/salesforce-opportunity-custom-button/

If you want to get more complex, such as submitting a record for approval. I recommend you look at using flowdesigner. A flow can store information, submit records, create new records, etc.

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  • Link only answers are frowned upon here, and often get flagged for deletion. Can you add the relevant content to your post? – Adrian Larson Sep 7 '16 at 19:12

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