I have a custom controller to obtain a record set, which I invoke from a commandbutton. pbtable is a pageblocktable populated by the method searchproperties shown below.

 <apex:commandButton action="{!SearchProperties}" value="Search for Matching Properties" reRender="pbtable" />

Because it can take a bit of server time before returning a result set, I want to provide a message indicating the search has begun. Everything is nestled in pageblock and sections. Currently, I provide a message on the pageblocksection indicating both the length of time it took to produce the result set and how many records were found. So, ideally, upon clicking the commandbutton, I want to update the title to inform users the search has begun. Any ideas or different approaches are most appreciated. Thanks in advance.

 <apex:pageblocksection Columns="1" title="Step 3 - Select a property   {!ShowTotalMatches}" id="pbtable" />
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    You can use the status attribute on the commandButton for this, in conjunction with the apex:actionStatus element: developer.salesforce.com/docs/atlas.en-us.pages.meta/pages/… – rael_kid Aug 3 '17 at 21:56
  • @rael_kid You should add this as an answer. – sfdcfox Aug 3 '17 at 23:42
  • Thank you! I'll check it out right now and let you know how I make out. – J.W. Aug 4 '17 at 0:37
  • Been playing around with it, and while I made progress, this is nothing more than a timer, which doesn't even fire off until at minimum 5 seconds later. Are there any other alternatives? – J.W. Aug 4 '17 at 4:07

You can use for providing message.

  <apex:commandButton action="{!SearchProperties}" value="Search for Matching Properties" reRender="pbtable" status="myStatus">

  <apex:actionStatus  id="myStatus" startText=" Loading..." stopText=""/>

  <apex:pageblocksection Columns="1" title="Step 3 - Select a property   {!ShowTotalMatches}" id="pbtable" >

Simple action status in Salesforce


  • Fantastic! That's great and works well, but can I update the header in that pageblocksection? There's no status attribute available for a PBS so while I can output a status message, it won't be visible on the PBS header where I'd like it. – J.W. Aug 4 '17 at 16:07
  • if you want your PageBlockSection title to be dynamic , Then you have to create <apex:outputPanel > , give the id of the present pageblocksection to outputPanle. keep the pageblocksection inside outpupanel and render the outputPanel. something like this , <apex:outputPanel id="pbtable" > <apex:pageblocksection Columns="1" title="{! dynamicTitleForEachRender }" > //your content </apex:pageBlockSection> </apex:outputPanel> – NITHESH K Aug 7 '17 at 5:22

I usually have something like this on all my pages:

<apex:actionStatus id="loading" onstart="startLoading();" onstop="stopLoading();" />
    <div class="customLoader" id="customLoaderDiv"> 
        <div class="customLoaderContainer">
            <apex:image styleClass="loadingIcon" url="{!URLFOR($Resource.Bundle, 'img/loader.gif')}" />

Along with these javascript functions:

$j(function() {

loadingCounter = 0;
function startLoading(){

function stopLoading(){
    if(--loadingCounter <= 0){ 

If you add the status="loading" attribute on an apex:commandButton or apex:actionSupport or whatever supports it the function startLoading(); will be called and the loader will be shown. When the function completes stopLoading(); is called and the loader will be hidden. Usually I also add functionality to disable and re-enable buttons in the functions, but you could do whatever you need. This

  • I like this, however it appears on the initial page load showing the action status, yet with the first and subsequent clicks, it works perfectly. How do you initialize it? – J.W. Aug 4 '17 at 13:49
  • Ah, yes, there's a tiny piece of Javascript for that. I've added it to my answer. – rael_kid Aug 7 '17 at 8:57

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