In my project I have custom object called MyObject__c, it contains two field:

  • Field1__c - picklist (with 2 values 'Yes'/'No')

  • Field2__c - text

And I have this code (2 classes and one VF-page):

MyWrapper class

public class MyWrapper {

    public MyObject__c myObject {get;set;}

    public void addObject(MyObject__c newObject) {
        myObject = newObject;

MyController class

public  class MyController {

    public MyWrapper wrapper {get;set;}

    public MyController() {
        wrapper = new MyWrapper();

    public void addMyObject() {
        wrapper.addObject(new MyObject__c());

    public void refreshMyObject() {
        if (wrapper.myObject.Field1__c != 'Yes') {
            wrapper.myObject.Field2__c = null;

and MyPage

<apex:page showHeader="true" sidebar="true" controller="MyController">

        <apex:outputPanel layout="Block" id="myPanel">
            <apex:inputField value="{!wrapper.myObject.Field1__c}">
                <apex:actionSupport event="onchange" action="{!refreshMyObject}" reRender="myPanel"/>
            <apex:outputPanel layout="none" rendered="{!wrapper.myObject.Field1__C == 'Yes'}">
                <apex:inputField value="{!wrapper.myObject.Field2__c}"/>

And on MyPage I perform next steps:

  1. Change Field1__c value to 'Yes', after this step I can see input for Field2__c
  2. Input text in Field2__c, for example 'aaaa'
  3. Change Field1__c value to 'No', after this step I can't see input for Field2__c and in myWrapper.myObject.Field2__c in viewstate I see null(!) value.
  4. Change Field1__c value to 'Yes', after this step I can see input for Field2__c with value 'aaaa'

Can you explain this behaviour.

Thanks for all, and sorry for my english.

  • that's an interesting issue. I was able to reproduce it in IE and firefox, so it's not browser/auto-complete. Issue also persists if you change refreshMyObject() to return PageReference. So a bit stumped, would like to know the asnswer as well Apr 10, 2015 at 16:38
  • @KirillYunussov and one more interesting detail. If I change myObject to list (MyObject__c[] myObject) and use with apex:repeat in VF I have expected behavior (Field2__c in step 4 cleared). After that I try to use apex:variable (myObject isn't array in this case) but with this I have the same result as in my question.
    – misha_m
    Apr 10, 2015 at 17:22
  • Great question.
    – martin
    Feb 22, 2016 at 12:07

1 Answer 1


Has to do with timing of rendering VF into HTML, and, browser memory. That value persists in browser memory so that when you re-render you still see the old value.

The fix is simple, add this line to your visualforce page so that the browser can "see" (and thus reset) Field2__c. Add this line, somewhere inside your form tag should be fine:

<apex:inputHidden value="{!wrapper.myObject.Field2__c}" id="theHiddenInput"/>

This is somewhat analogous to how a URL-hack button won't set field values if the fields are not present on the page layout.

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