I am trying to overriding a Standard button on a custom object. Unable to populate Account field. It just populates the value I enter but not the parent Account Name.

<apex:page standardController="Big_Box_Products__c"
    action="{!URLFOR($Action.Big_Box_Products__c.New, null, ['Name'='Big Box Product','cancelURL'=URLFOR($Action.Account.Tab,$ObjectType.Account),'CF00N2F000000aroL'='Account__r.Id'], true)}" />
  • try: <apex:page standardController="Big_Box_Products__c" action="{!URLFOR($Action.Big_Box_Products__c.New, null, ['Name'='Big Box Product','cancelURL'=URLFOR($Action.Account.Tab,$ObjectType.Account),'CF00N2F000000aroL'=Account__r.Id], true)}" /> . no quotes required around the sobject.field as SFDC will resolve this as part of the formula evaluation. That said, URL hacking doesn't always have access to lookup object fields. I have had in the past had to create an artificial cross object formula field on Account
    – cropredy
    Nov 28, 2017 at 1:55
  • Thanks for the reply. Tried the syntax and it gives a very general error: Error: Syntax error
    – Phuc
    Nov 28, 2017 at 13:39
  • Is there another alternative to pre-populating the Account and Record Name field instead of the url hack?
    – Phuc
    Nov 28, 2017 at 13:41

1 Answer 1


From a custom button, (type = URL, not VF), I got the following to work (this is a Classic solution as URL hacking is not allowed in LEX)

{!URLFOR($Action.Foo__c.New,null,[Name='Big Box',CF00N2F000‌​000aroL= Foo__c.Account__c ])}


  • Quotes around the parm names are not required; SFDC parser is smart enough to realize values on the left side of = are keys, not values.
  • Fully-qualified object.field name required to reference values from the standard controller as merge fields for your lookup field.
  • yes I think syntax wise this will work in a Custom button for the custom object. The reason I was using the VF page was to override the standard 'new' button. This Custom object is related to an Account Object. When a user scrolls down to the Custom Object they need to be able to create a new Custom Object that is related to the Account. Thanks for your help.
    – Phuc
    Nov 28, 2017 at 17:13
  • Ok, I got the button to show but the Account field is still not populating. Is your Account field a simple lookup?
    – Phuc
    Nov 28, 2017 at 17:20
  • Yes, simple lookup
    – cropredy
    Nov 28, 2017 at 17:39
  • Tried to mirror your syntax and its telling me I am missing a right bracket. {!URLFOR($Action.Big_Box_Products__c.New,null,[Name='B‌​ig Box Product Added',CF00NE0000002aLV0= Big_Box_Products__c.Account__c])}
    – Phuc
    Nov 28, 2017 at 17:59
  • It is a direct copy-paste from my Custom Button, try selective reduction to narrow down the problem item
    – cropredy
    Nov 28, 2017 at 20:15

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