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I have a requirement to pre-fill some fields when a record is created from a related list. These requirements are different when created from the object itself. Is there a way that I can capture this difference in a before trigger?

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    Setting aside the use of a list button, I'd think that using the standard 'new' button on a related list would cause the record to have its relationship field populated before getting into the triggers. I'll have to test that out a bit later.
    – Derek F
    May 4 at 10:53
  • The relationship field could be a mandatory lookup or could be a master detail, in which case it has to already be populated before the trigger is invoked (a failure to provide the value would cause a missing required field validation before the trigger is called IIRC).
    – Phil W
    May 4 at 11:21
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There is no available data that conclusively tells you how the record creation was initiated.

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