I'm creating custom objects in a new ORG in Salesforce based on a custom object in an old ORG.

I notice the old custom object has 6 search layouts while the newly created object only has 4 search layouts. The fields are basically the same. The Salesforce Editions are also the same (Enterprise Edition).

Is it possible to add Search Layouts to my custom Object?

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    Have you created a tab for the new custom object as that creates a search layout for the tab and the list view?
    – Dave Humm
    Commented Dec 21, 2016 at 17:36

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The reason that there are only 4 search layouts for a searchable custom object is that you have not created a Tab for it, which means a Tab and List View search layout have not been created yet.

I have created a new custom object and made it searchable, but not created a tab, it has 4 search layouts.

Object no tab

Same object after adding a tab - 6 layouts now exist. enter image description here

  • I couldn't find any documentation which says we need a tab for search layout to work. Do you know if there is any documentation for this? much appreciated. cheers! Commented Jan 29, 2021 at 1:54
  • I haven't been able to find documentation but at the time I wrote the answer experimenting in Dev orgs and Sandboxes confirmed that what I said was correct.
    – Dave Humm
    Commented Jan 31, 2021 at 17:14

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