Does anyone know if there is a way to edit the description of a standard object, I have an Edit button only on Custom object.

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Yes, you can update the Description of standard objects by using Metadata API and a package ZIP file. You'll need to specify the <description> attribute in the object file.

For example, to update the Description of the Account object, use this folder structure:

  • unmanaged.zip
    • package.xml
    • objects
      • Account.object


<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<Package xmlns="http://soap.sforce.com/2006/04/metadata">


<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<CustomObject xmlns="http://soap.sforce.com/2006/04/metadata">
    <description>Represents an individual account, which is an organization or person involved with your business (such as customers, competitors, and partners).</description>

I personally use Workbench to access Metadata API. You can refer to this help article for details on how to use it: Use Metadata API to retrieve and deploy using Workbench


I don't think there is an way to update the Description details of the Std object. Based on the SFDC Docs you can only able to update the Standard field Description not object properties.

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