For Case object there are two input fields Account and Contact.

I want the Contact inputField lookup to show only contact that belongs to Account inputField value chosen for this Case

Referring salesforce documentation https://help.salesforce.com/articleView?id=fields_lookup_filters_defining.htm&type=0, I have setup filter criteria for Contact as below

Contact: Account matches Case:Account from suggested criteria.

The Contact lookup works perfect only if I have Account as inputField on the page. I want to set the Case Account from controller and don't want to show it on UI layout and be able to see case Contact lookup filtered by Case Account.

I tried below code for Account input for Case

<apex:inputField rendered="false"/>

But dependent lookup filter for case contact based on case account doesn't work unless I use below for Account input for Case edit layout


Is this a bug in salesforce?

  • The consideration page @help.salesforce.com/… for dependent lookup says Versions 16.0 and higher of the Salesforce API support lookup filters. Lookup filters are enforced when you load data through the API. NOW I am working with 17.0 and this is still the issue. Am I, greenhorn in salesforce development, making any mistake in understanding concepts here?
    – veer7
    Commented Feb 27, 2017 at 7:26

1 Answer 1


To work the dependent lookup properly both fields should be present in the page. One thing you can do, hide the Account lookup field by using style property display:none;. But as it is a lookup field there are a couple of other components present beside the input field. So wrap it inside a <apex:outputPanel and hide the panel instead as below.

<apex:page standardController="Case" extensions="TestCaseController" >
        <apex:outputPanel style="display:none;" >
            <apex:inputField value='{!myCase.AccountId}'/>
        <apex:inputField value='{!myCase.ContactId}'/>
  • This workaraound helps! Cheers!!!! Also please check my comments on original question.
    – veer7
    Commented Feb 27, 2017 at 7:29

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .