The Following works good to retrieve my account list in a SelectList on my VF.
But I'm trying to set a specific Default Account as the first value in the list - Now it shows up last..
*Is there any way to choose a specific Value (based on any Criteria I choose) from my account List and set as Default on my SelectList ?? *

Controller :

public List<Account> matchingAccounts          = new List<Account>();
public List<SelectOption> accountSelectOptions = new List<SelectOption>();
public String matchAccountId                 {get;set;}
public String accountName                    {get;set;}

public List<SelectOption> getAccountSelectOptions()     { 
    matchingAccounts = [Select Id,Name From Account WHERE Name LIKE : accountName];
    if(matchingAccounts!=null) {
         for(Account acc:matchingAccounts){
             if(acc.myDefault__c) {
             accountSelectOptions.add(new SelectOption(acc.Id, acc.Name));

             //Setting as Default Value - FIXED...
             matchAccountId =  acc.Id;
             else {
              accountSelectOptions.add(new SelectOption(acc.Id, acc.Name));
    else {
         accountSelectOptions.add(new SelectOption('New','New Account: '+pot.Account_Name__c));
    return accountSelectOptions;

VF Page :

<apex:selectList label="Account Name" value="{!matchAccountId}" size="1" required="true">
      <apex:selectOptions value="{!accountSelectOptions}"/>
      <apex:actionSupport event="onchange" reRender="thePageBlock" action="{!showHideRTSelect}"/>
  • Please see this other question: developer.salesforce.com/forums/?id=906F00000008yttIAA Jul 26, 2015 at 2:29
  • (1) I'm surprised this VF page compiled - matchAccountId should be public; (2) the if-else in the for loop seems unnecessary as coded; (3) matchingAccounts will never be null as it is instantiated from a SOQL call and hence will be a list, possibly empty
    – cropredy
    Jul 26, 2015 at 3:57
  • Sorry late at night and I copied the playground code Not the actual so might be some mistakes.. (1) fixed it you are correct should be public since I need to call it from my VF (2) if-else was done in order to choose which value will be default (3) 'matchingAccounts' can be null as it always finds similar accounts by a given Name.
    – sfdx bomb
    Jul 26, 2015 at 7:05

2 Answers 2


Yes, set the default value on matchAccountId. The Select List should initialize with that value as selected.

  • True.. I have fixed the code above according to your answer - I think i it should work fine now. matchAccountId default Value was set inside if-else statement..
    – sfdx bomb
    Jul 26, 2015 at 7:11

For Visualforce there is a hacky solution available aswell:

<apex:selectOption value="foo" html-selected="true"/>
<apex:selectOption value="bar" />

The html-selected="true" is being set directly on the html option tag. In HTML selected is used to define the standard option. Note that is normally does not have an asigned value (="true")

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