I have a Visualforce page and I would like to create a custom button that sends an email template to the user's Manager (via the Manager field on the user record) and VP (a custom lookup field on my custom object). I tried to do this via a URL hack, but all that does is pull up the pre-populated template. I want the email to be sent without the user even seeing the template. Is this possible to do right in the VF page without a controller, perhaps with Javascript? And if so, is there any code examples?

Current Button:

href = "/_ui/core/email/author/EmailAuthor?rtype=003&
        target = "_self">
<b>Manager Review</b>

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Yes you can do with Salesforce AJAX Toolkit. You can write something like this in your JavaScript. You can update the SendMail function with all the required parametes and call from the onclick action of the button.

<apex:page >
    <script type="text/javascript">
        var __sfdcSessionId = '{!GETSESSIONID()}';
    <script src="../../soap/ajax/34.0/connection.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
    <script type="text/javascript">
        function SendMail() {
            try {
                sforce.connection.sessionId = "{!$Api.Session_ID}";
                var message = new sforce.SingleEmailMessage();
                message.replyTo = "[email protected]";
                message.targetObjectId = "xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx";
                message.templateId = "xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx";
                message.saveAsActivity = false;
                message.plainTextBody = "this test went through ajax";
                var result = sforce.connection.sendEmail([message]);
                if(result[0].success == 'true') {
                    alert("Mail sent successfully");
                } else {
                    alert("I had a booboo.");
            }catch(e) { 
                alert("Error Occurred: \n\n" + (e.message||e));
  • Thanks. Would the call then from my <a> tag just be "OnClick = "SendMail""?
    – J. Neilan
    Commented Oct 1, 2015 at 18:04
  • Yes, you can call the method in the OnClick event of the anchor.
    – Saroj Bera
    Commented Oct 1, 2015 at 19:11
  • I tried that, but nothing happens. Here's my anchor: '<a role="button" class="btn" style="text-decoration:none;background:#FFFF00;" OnClick = "SendMail" target = "_self"> <b>Manager Review</b> </a>'
    – J. Neilan
    Commented Oct 1, 2015 at 19:46
  • Please check the browser console for any error.
    – Saroj Bera
    Commented Oct 1, 2015 at 20:00
  • No errors are showing in the console. It just seems to be doing nothing.
    – J. Neilan
    Commented Oct 1, 2015 at 20:12

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