Any thoughts on mass editing Profiles, when you cannot use the Enhanced List view because the field list reports "Too many to display, refine search criteria". This notice is not clickable / double-clickable.

I tried removing entry "Custom" on the list as a test, but it just disappears when I remove it.

Setup > Manage Users > Profiles > Edit (the list view)


I was not interested in a non-GUI solution (metadata upload, etc) if at all possible. I am not seeing any solutios on AppExchange.

The need: Mass edit many profiles at once.

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You need to search for the field(s) you want to narrow down by. Use the Search box above the multi-select list. For example, if you type in Account, and click Find, you will then see things like Account: Modify All Data and Account: View.

Finding Account Permissions

NOTE: Accounts have been renamed in my org to Clients. As you can see, you need to use the label to find the correct permissions.

  • Interesting. I wonder if this Search option appeared in the last 2 years or something, when I was doing less admin and more dev/BA duties. In any case, Profile Details and User Permissions being selected shows their list; Object Permissions does not BUT yes, the search works. Thanks. Totally turned a blind eye to these fields even being there. :-P Thanks. ;) (14k+ custom fields across over 900 objects - thank you, Rootstock and Financial Force).
    – AMM
    Commented Mar 8, 2017 at 13:34

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