I would like to give an email field a default email address of '[email protected]' onto every opportunity record in Salesforce. I need to use an an email type field for this (for setting email alerts with workflow.) Any ideas?

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This is quite easy to do. Create the new custom email field on the opportunity object. During the field creation process you will be presented with a field called Default Value. For the default value enter "[email protected]". You have to enclose it in double quotes, because an email address is stored as a string.

  • Thanks for your reply. I had tried this and it is still not displaying on records (field still showing as blank). Any thoughts?
    – Clehan1
    Commented Feb 4, 2015 at 9:13
  • I've never run into this problem in any of my orgs. Are you adding this field to a standard object? Are you using a Visualforce page? Any chance you could post a screenshot of what you see when entering the default value?
    – Moody
    Commented Feb 4, 2015 at 16:36
  • The issue was that it was not working on existing opportunities. It would only work on opportunities that were newly created. Thanks for your help!
    – Clehan1
    Commented Feb 5, 2015 at 9:08
  • No problem. That makes sense, because the default value is set at the time of creation not upon editing. You could easily do a data load to manually update any existing opportunities though.
    – Moody
    Commented Feb 5, 2015 at 21:08

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