If there is one thing that I love about the SFDC Community, it’s their “willingness to give back“. If you’ve been to Dreamforce at least once, then you know that giving back is the beating heart behind all of it. The same aura resonates from all the amazing people in the SFDC Community.
To acknowledge some of the “givers” in the SFDC community, I’ve made an exhaustive list of some of the highly productive Salesforce Extensions on Google Chrome. For ease of understanding, I’ve categorized extension on the basis of its functionality.
Would love for you to check out the Salesforce Extensions and let me know which one you love and why!
To start with it, here are few brilliant Salesforce Chrome extensions to quickly login to the platform.
When you have many Salesforce accounts, instances and a lot of users to cater to, logging and logging out multiple times would be annoying. These Salesforce browser extensions will simplify it for you.
Logging into Salesforce multiple times is a big hassle. But, with the Force.com LOGINS extension, you can manage your multiple logins and quickly get onto the platform. The extension stores your account information (username, password, security token, and description), groups the multiple accounts for easier management, and allows you to log in on a selected tab or a window as needed.
2. Salesforce.com Quick Login As by Kyle Peterson
This here is a useful Salesforce Chrome extension for both Admins and Developers alike. It will help you log in as any user in your organization quickly and easily. On click, it will give you a pop-up of all the users on the listing page, and from there you can select to login as any specific user. When you log out, it will take you back to the first page you were browsing, before you logged in as the other user.
Before we get into extensions that solve and improve specific parts of Salesforce, let’s look at some of them that have a lot of functionalities that you might like to have.
Whatfix on Salesforce is a nifty extension that will help in guiding and training users efficiently on the platform via interactive walkthroughs. The extension is a free version for individuals to train themselves on Salesforce. It includes a widget called “self-help” which lists all the walkthroughs on Salesforce created on Whatfix Community. On-click, the interactive walkthrough will launch in real-time and virtually handhold you through completion of each task.
CRM Science’s Admin assistant is an admin toolkit that packs multiple useful features. The features include the ability to create and modify profiles, automating profile setting updates, mass deleting records from a list, a floating chatter window and Show Max results link that displays the maximum number of the possible results on one page with one click.
Ebsta for Salesforce automatically cross-references Salesforce based on the web page you are working on. On click, it will show you the cross-referenced Salesforce record. (Say for eg, It will show you the record of a prospect if you are on the prospect’s LinkedIn page.) The extension also allows you to edit and update records, manage tasks, Chatter, etc.
This is a Salesforce Chrome extension that would make your lives easier. The extension is based on three main features, namely:
1. Quick Reference Topics – which will allow you to quickly look up topics on Apex, VisualForce, SOQL, etc. 2. Search for Stuff – which will help you perform keyword search to find stuff in the Salesforce documentation
3. SFDC ID Converter – which allows you to quickly create an 18 digit Salesforce ID from a 15 digit ID.
Navigation and searching are generally difficult in sophisticated CRM’s like Salesforce. But with the right tools, even the most complex of tasks can be simplified.
7. Salesforce Navigator by Daniel Nakov
Navigating in and around Salesforce is not too easy. Salesforce Navigator is one such Salesforce extension that makes it seem like a breeze. Just type in what you need to do and the extension shows you how to get to it.
Salesforce Searchbox adds a simple search box on top of all configuration items of the setup like a list of fields on each Object, a list of Apex classes and Visualforce pages. The search will help you filter the list and display the specific configuration items, based on the keyword.
This is one of the most useful Salesforce extensions. It will enable you to quickly access the multiple menus on Salesforce using hotkeys (keyboard shortcuts). To see the complete list of hotkeys, click here.
If you are still inspecting each element to find its metadata, then these extensions will relieve you of it, once and for all.
This neat extension helps you look at your metadata without inspecting data on the Salesforce UI. It’s a huge time saver for developers who constantly need to lookup field requirements, field type, API names, etc.
As the next step to Salesforce Inspector, this extension allows you to compare any two object or its records and highlights all their differences. It helps in identifying miss fields, change in formula, data type, value mismatch, etc.
SF Quick Metadata Lookup is an advanced Metadata Searching Tool, which will help you find all your Salesforce metadata quickly and easily. The extension provides you with a search functionality which combines both select and auto-search. You can filter the metadata and also search them by their label or API Name.
This Salesforce extension provides you with easy to access debug log viewer within your current tab, which loads without any authentication requirement. A great addition to your Salesforce dev toolkit, the Salesforce Developer Tool Suite will make your log monitoring much easier than dev console or IDE.
14. Salesforce Debug Logs Analyzer by Ramachandran Bakthavachalam
Salesforce Debug Logs Analyzer adds filtering functionality for the Debug logs. Just select the log type in the drop down menu or search for the log in the search box, and click on filter. The required logs will be shown to you.
You can now easily analyze ‘Too Many SOQLs’ error with this nifty Salesforce extension. SOQL Extractor and Analyzer for SalesForce extracts the SOQL queries with their execution counts from the Salesforce Debug logs on a single click. It will provide you with information on the count, objects on which the queries are executed, statistics and also helps in optimizing your application’s performance.
This is a great tool to train new users on how to use the Salesforce1 mobile app. The extension creates a virtual version of Salesforce1 app that can be displayed on a phone, tablet or a laptop. If you want to give a demo of Salesforce1 app or test out how your configuration looks on a hand-held device, then this extension is the easiest way to go about it.
These extensions are comparatively tiny and have specific use cases. But the fact is, sometimes it’s the little things that make a huge difference.
Salesforce Admin Check All is a simple extension that will potentially save you a lot of time and irritation. It will allow you to ‘Check All’ checkboxes on setup pages, instead of clicking on each of the checkboxes individually. It’ll make deployment a lot easier and save you a lot of productive hours.
Another boon for the SFDC developers. With this Salesforce extension, you can quickly and easily toggle between API field names and labels on detail pages. Saves time and a lot of effort.
19. Grey Tab by Chris Peterson
Grey Tab is an open source Salesforce extension that will help you view the data of a field on the currently viewed record. It works much like a lookup tool that will give you the details that you need about the fields. It also can be used to get the Salesforce session information from your browser cookies.
Salesforce only allows you to refresh Dashboards daily, weekly, or monthly. With Enhance Salesforce Dashboard extension, you can have real-time updation of your dashboards. The extension allows you to set auto refresh frequency/duration. It also allows you to increase the dashboard columns to 7 from the default 3 columns.
Although I have already mentioned many Salesforce Chrome extensions that would be useful to developers, these here are the ones that will make your production smoother, faster and more efficient.
21. Salesforce Id Paster by cleandata4good
Salesforce Id Paster is a tiny extension that will save you buttloads of time in data entry. It redirects your current Salesforce page to the one whose SFID is in your clipboard with a keystroke (default is Ctrl+Shift+Y). It is especially useful to those users who constantly export and import data in and out of the Salesforce database.
22. Salesforce.com Sandbox Favicon Extension by Joe Ferraro
Do you work across both Production and Sandbox environment in the same browser? Then this Salesforce extension will help you differentiate between both. The Sandbox Favicon Extension adds an “S” to the standard Salesforce.com cloud favicon for all sandbox tabs in a Chrome window. Making it easier to keep a track of the environment you are working on.
Much like previous Salesforce Extension, this one will allow you to override the standard Salesforce favicon with one colored based on the org. It automatically updates the icon for Salesforce based on the instance. It also adds the separate icon with an “S” for Sandbox instances. If you use more than two orgs and sandboxes, then this is going to be a must have browser extension for you!
This useful extension makes searching for Salesforce components quick and easy. With it, you can find and jump to Apex classes, Visualforce pages, Apex triggers, etc., and get the required code within a few clicks. It also has a autocomplete suggestions that will help you find the particular code that you need to find.
This extension enhances the formula editor to include syntax highlighting, tabbing, find and replace and parenthesis matching. It is a great add-on to the native formula editor and helps a lot while creating complex formulas.
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