I have a requirement where Multiselect picklist field to be controlling field on field dependencies for dependent picklist field but this is not possible.Here is the idea. https://success.salesforce.com/ideaview?id=08730000000BqrfAAC

Any other alternative on Standard page layout without having an inline visualforce page.

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It is possible only with Visualforce or JS. Although JS may be trouble and I don't recommend this approach.

You may also consider switching to group of checkboxes instead of multipicklist(if possible).


I did some similar kind of implementation as below. I used connection.js to get the entire dependent field mapping in VF page and create the multiselect list accordingly throught JS. Hope this helps.

<apex:page showHeader="true" sidebar="true" standardController="Book__c">
    <script type="text/javascript">
        var __sfdcSessionId = '{!GETSESSIONID()}';
    <script src="../../soap/ajax/34.0/connection.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
    <script type="text/javascript" src="{!$Resource.multipicklistjs}"/>
    <apex:form id="myForm">
        <apex:selectList id="countries" multiselect="true" size="10" onchange="getListOfCities(this)">
            <apex:selectOption itemValue="select" itemLabel="--Select--"/>
        <apex:selectList id="cities" multiselect="true" size="10">
            <apex:selectOption itemValue="select" itemLabel="--Select--"/>
    <script type="text/javascript">
        var OBJ_NAME = 'Book__c'; //Custom Object Name
        var CTRL_FIELD_NAME = "Country__c"; //Controlling Picklist
        var DEP_FIELD_NAME = "City__c"; // Dependent Picklist
        var getKeys = function(obj){
           var keys = [];
           for(var key in obj){
           return keys;
        var jsonList = getDependentOptions(OBJ_NAME, CTRL_FIELD_NAME, DEP_FIELD_NAME); // Get entire JSON array.
        console.debug(jsonList); // It will print something like {USA: Array[2], INDIA: Array[2], Canada: Array[2], China: Array[2], Finland: Array[2]…}    
        var countryOptions = getKeys(jsonList); // Get the Country List from the JSON
        var sel = document.getElementById('{!$Component.myForm.countries}');
        createOptions(countryOptions,sel);//Populate the country List

        function getListOfCities(sel) {
            var cityOptions = jsonList[sel.value];
            var dependentList = document.getElementById('{!$Component.myForm.cities}');
            createOptions(cityOptions,dependentList);//Append to the dependent picklist
        function createOptions(listoptions,sel){
            for(var i = 0; i < listoptions.length; i++) {
                var opt = document.createElement('option');
                opt.innerHTML = listoptions[i];
                opt.value = listoptions[i];

Preview of VF page

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Dependent Field Mapping

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  • Out of curiosity, for Canada the next picklist should show Ontario, Quebec not New York, Chicago twice? Oct 15, 2015 at 17:32
  • @VigneshwaranG Good catch. I updated the screenshot above.
    – Saroj Bera
    Oct 16, 2015 at 5:18

A solution I've used in one case that absolutely called for the abominable fields was by using flow.

You can establish a Parent/Child Multi-select picklist to multi-select picklist relationships using flow screen elements and decision elements.

First Screen 1 has MulSelectPicklist_Main field.

Which is followed by a Decision Element:

IF MulSelectPicklist_Main contains MulselectPicklist_% Show Screen # with MulSelectPicklist_% else route to next decision element. Chain Decisions until end of flow.

%=dependent multi select pick-lists

# =subsequent flow screen elements which display specific multi select pick-lists.

You can add this flow as a subflow in a structured process or add as launch the flow via a button on the page layout.

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