I have added a picklist, Members, on standard account object, I have created a custom member object now can I bind records of this object to above pick list?

  • How do you logically, want to relate these ? In salesforce "bindings" between objects are relationships, which are created between objects, not the fields they have. Maybe updating your question with a more detailed explanation will help us understand. Jan 24, 2014 at 6:51
  • Thanks ..Ok, let me explain, say I have Continent, Country and States. I need three custom picklist on Account object. I created them now I have to hard code these values but it would be nice to have three different objects Continent, Country and States so as any new continet/country/State gets added it should be avaialbe. I need dependency behavior so I cannot use three look ups as there are no dependent look ups. continet/country/State are example, we similary have Country office, then its branch and then its sub branch which keeps on adding. and account can belong either one of them
    – ecool
    Jan 24, 2014 at 7:09

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You would have to create, and maintain, the picklist separately. There are a few standard picklists (such as Lead Source) that automatically mirror, but this feature cannot be extended to custom fields.

  • Please see my commenst above, I have created 3 custom picklist in standard account object which will define the source(HeadOffice, Countryoffice, StateOffice) of the account. I dont want to hardcode values as these offices keeps on adding. But If i create a lookup then it would be hard seraching as I cannot have dependency behavior as in Picklist. This is very common scenario but seems difficult to implement
    – ecool
    Jan 24, 2014 at 8:36

Next time please edit your question with more info, it'll get updated timestamp = bump to top of the page.

You can have dependency in lookups that's similar to dependent picklists - go read about lookup filters. Plus having it in object (=data) and not in picklist (=setup, metadata) means that your power users could maintain the dependencies themselves without asking IT for help every time...

But - since your requirement is so specific it's talking about countries and states as picklists - have you seen the out-of-the-box possibility? It's a long awaited idea that was delivered in Winter'14.

Country and State picklist Implementation PDF Guide

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