Invisible Fields in a new Org

When you have a new Salesforce Org setup for your company, there are some fields that default to being invisible in the Field Level Security settings. I am not sure why they default this way, but they do. Below is the list of fields that are invisible (even to the System Administrator) by default.

  • Assets: Product Code, Product Description, Product Family
  • Cases: Asset, Closed by Self-Service User, Closed When Created, Visible in Self-Service Portal
  • Contacts: Do Not Call, Fax Opt Out
  • Contract: Contract Name
  • Events: Visible in Self-Service
  • Leads: Do Not Call, Fax Opt Out
  • Opportunities: Campaign Source, Private
  • Tasks: Type, Visible in Self-Service

You can make these fields visible in your org by editing their Field Level Security settings. If you have questions about the purpose of these fields, check out the Help section of your Salesforce application.


  1. Chris Said,

    May 1, 2006 @ 10:05 pm

    Good post – I’ve never understood why they’re set up like that. I could see keeping them off the page layout, but why have field-level security someone’s got to go dig for? Thanks for aggregating the items it’s true for…

  2. Gareth Davies Said,

    May 1, 2006 @ 10:54 pm

    Thanks Scott, good post. We had inordinate problems with a campaign analyser until we tracked down that Campaign Source was not visible on Opportunities by default. Thanks for the forewarning on the other fields.

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