Is it possible to input a default 'text' to a Date Field. which will change to a date as soon as the person attempts something

  • Where you want to show this placeholder? in VF? Oct 15, 2018 at 10:03
  • fields can take default values right? so in a date field area i want a text, until it is changed Oct 15, 2018 at 10:44
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    Date field can't take text as default value. But you can display place holder in visualforce page. Oct 15, 2018 at 10:51

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You can't mix return types of a field. But, you could create a formula field, which returns either a text date, or a text string.

IF((ISBLANK(SomeDate__c)), 'No Attempt', TEXT(SomeDate__c))

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