i have a requirement that if my text field has a certain value it should be displayed highlighted red and bold. at first thought i'm thinking i have to change the field type to a formula field that returns text. and then enter an IF formula expression? am i approaching this right..

thanks in advance!


As of now Salesforce doesn't support conditional formatting of field values even for formula fields. This is still in Idea stage https://success.salesforce.com/ideaView?id=08730000000BrPbAAK.

Only rich text fields support formatting. Here is a Success Commuity Link similar to the requirement where a custom rich text area field is used instead of a formula field and the field value is updated with HTML formatting using a workflow field update.


First Create a Rich Text Area and then Create a Field update as below with a similar formula to update this Rich Text Area. Now fire this field update with a workflow rule.

IF(Amount < 100000 ,('<html><body><div style="color: red;"><b>' & TEXT(Amount) & '</b></div></body></html>'),
IF(Amount > 100000 ,('<html><body><div style="color: green;"><b>' & TEXT(Amount) & '</b></div></body></html>'),

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  • ok so i changed the type to rich text field, and started to build a field update workflow rule with the correct criteria but not sure how to enter the formula here under specify new field value. i need it to be bold and red/highlighted in red. the links you provided led to "<html><body><div style="color: red;"><b>text</b></div></body></html>" but that's not proper syntax? – david Sep 9 at 20:09
  • @david Please see my updated answer. – Saroj Bera Sep 10 at 18:27
  • perfect, thank you so much! – david Sep 12 at 14:17

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