I have a requirement where I need to provide New Note and New Attachment buttons on a Visualforce page and cannot use the standard related list. Every method I've tried so far has led to an error:

  • Using URLFOR($Action.Note.New), but that $Action does not exist.
  • A direct link to /002/e?parent_id=[record id], but that gives a "Data Not Available" error message (tried with and without confirmation token)
  • Using an <apex:commandButton> where the following controller method provides a redirect also yields "Data Not Available":

    public PageReference NewNote(){
      PageReference redirect = new PageReference('/002/e');
      redirect.getParameters().put('parent_id', sfObject.Id);
      redirect.getParameters().put('retURL', this.ReturnUrl);
      return redirect;

Is there any way to invoke the pages for New Note and New Attachments without using the standard related list?

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For the Note case, /002/e?parent_id=[record id] doesn't work for me with the 18 digit id (Data Not Available) but does with the 15 digit id.

For the Attachment case, /p/attach/NoteAttach?pid=[record id]&retURL=... works, though as an even less "documented" URL pattern you may not want to risk it. 15 digit id again.

  • I'll have to try out the 15 digit id; that never even occurred to since I thought they were interchangeable.
    – Mike Chale
    Apr 3, 2014 at 14:47
  • So both of these work; thank you. I'm going to give it a day or two to see if there is a more official or sanctioned method before marking it as the answer, though.
    – Mike Chale
    Apr 3, 2014 at 15:10
  • Makes sense. If there is a cleaner way I'll change my code to use that too.
    – Keith C
    Apr 3, 2014 at 15:13
  • Salesforce support suggested (and linked to) this answer. "I would like to inform as the Note object is not supported for $Action variable. Please use the sample code mentioned on the link below: salesforce.stackexchange.com/a/31766/142 This is only the way by which we can create the Note record."
    – Mike Chale
    Apr 4, 2014 at 13:34
  • does this still work (the 15 char parentId) for Notes? I can't make it work - Data Not Available
    – cropredy
    Jan 28, 2016 at 23:12

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