I want to add a tab in my managed package and I want it to be available to system administrator only. I am selecting these settings while creating tab -

Apply a different tab visibility for each profile

'Tab Hidden' for all profiles, except system administrator for which it is 'Default On'

In the next step, I have selected to include the tab only in my app and unselected other apps. I have also checked 'Append tab to users' existing personal customizations'

Now when I add this tab to my managed package, it is still visible to all the non system administrator users as well. How can I make it available to only System administrator and add it to admin's tabs in my app(only) automatically.

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    When you made the changes to the profiles when including the tab, did you 'overwrite' the users' current settings with the checkbox? If you don't, the change won't update the current profile settings.
    – HomerJ
    Commented Feb 11, 2015 at 15:43
  • Then it also won't add the tab to System admin's profile as well, which is a requirement.
    – vishesh
    Commented Feb 12, 2015 at 4:38
  • Am looking for the answers to this issue. Can you post the answer? All my tabs and pages are added to the profiles automatically for Non-Admins
    – SFDC
    Commented Jan 29, 2019 at 13:06

2 Answers 2


Not 'an answer', but definitely this is kind of known issue. Please check this Idea.

It definitely suggests "UNDER POINT THRESHOLD", so there needs to be more votes to ensure this is taken up by Salesforce.

  • This should be a comment. Not an answer.
    – Anup
    Commented Feb 17, 2015 at 13:11
  • It's been some time I am out of StackExchange. Thanks Anup. I will move this to comment.
    – goabhigo
    Commented Feb 21, 2015 at 9:09
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    – goabhigo
    Commented Feb 21, 2015 at 9:09

While installing the manage package in destination org, install it only for System Administrator.

Installing for All users, will automatically set the tab access to 'Default on' in the profiles which is why all the users get access to the tab.

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