I have been asked to customize the generic "Recently Viewed [object]" list views that are present for Salesforce objects (note: I do not mean the [object] Tab Search Layout.) The only problem is that this list view does not have an Edit option and just cloning it is not sufficient.

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There does not appear to be any option to configure this under the Customize menu, either. Without resorting to custom JavaScript in the side panel, is there a way hide columns? Is it possible to update this via the Metadata API?


I used Ant to retrieve the Account object and every list view is present except the built-in Recently Viewed Accounts list view.

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    You can force edit it by URL hackery: learn the view's Id, paste it into edit link of another view, realize there's no "Save" button - only "Save As", inject the button by editing the HTML in Firebug, save... realize you've just broken the view and it shows all accounts. I think I need a new Dev Edition if I'll ever need my "recently viewed accounts" back ;( – eyescream Jan 22 '14 at 23:03

I ran into this recently. It is not possible to do. Here is an idea to vote on: https://success.salesforce.com/ideaview?id=08730000000BpRoAAK.

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    I voted. I'm amazed that this is not possible. – Mike Chale Jan 22 '14 at 20:53
  • @MikeChale I'm not. They only just published an API for working with recently viewed items in the last year or so. It was previously a totally opaque system. – ca_peterson Jan 23 '14 at 0:08
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    I'm amazed I never noticed you couldn't modify it until a few weeks ago. How long have I been working with Salesforce, again? – Daniel Hoechst Jan 23 '14 at 3:59

You can edit the columns in the "Recently Viewed" List View:


  • Setup->Object Manager
  • Select the object
  • Select Search Layouts
  • Select Search Results->Edit
  • Customize the list of Selected Fields, both which fields will be displayed and the order. These fields will be displayed in the Recently View List View.
  • Select Save.

Salesforce Reference: https://help.salesforce.com/articleView?id=customize_recent_records_list_lex.htm&type=5



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