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  • Writer's pictureNeeraj Soni, Solutions Consultant – Salesforce Practice

The Extentia Salesforce Practice Looks Ahead to the Spring ‘21 Release

While the Winter ’20 Release brought its own share of wonderful additions to the Salesforce developer ecosystem, the Spring ’21 release looks almost certain to top it. With a whole host of features and additions touted, I’d like to take some time to go over a few updates that I’m most looking forward to.

Manual Record Sharing

With the sharing button now available in Lightning, users can manually allocate access and share records with their colleagues. This has been a nifty tool that I use to troubleshoot any unwanted access to records and I am nothing short of ecstatic that Salesforce finally will be rolling this out to the Lightning experience in the Spring’21 release.

Manual Record Sharing - Salesforce Spring 21 release


Lightning Flows have become one of my favorite tools and the more I use them, the more I love how they can be applied to solve a vast variety of development challenges. It’s going to become a whole lot better with a whole host of enhancements that Salesforce will be rolling out in Spring’21 including.

  • Lightning Flows are now called Salesforce Flows.

  • Salesforce Flows can now access prior values of the triggering record and can also run scheduled paths post triggering events on record-triggered flows.

  • Flow debugging tool enhancements now make it much easier to test and troubleshoot the flow.

Predictive Lightning Page Performance

With Spring ’21 release, you can gain a better understanding on what is impacting your Lightning page performance. Salesforce introduces Page Analysis, which is going to go a long way towards helping us to keep page performance optimum and our users happy.

It’ll also give you a breakdown of what could be causing your page to load slowly.

Expand and Collapse Field Sections on Dynamic Forms Enabled Pages

Viewing and using the dynamic forms enabled pages is now even easier with the ability to collapse and expand the page sections without any need to add the accordions. This feature does have some restrictions but they’re by no means deal breakers. While the field sections can be expanded or collapsed only in view and inline edit mode this can’t be done on full edit, create or clone pages.

Limit on Inactive Picklist Values

Salesforce has decided to enforce a limit on number of inactive values that can be added to a picklist field at any given time. This can improve the performance and the overall health of the org. A few things to keep in mind are:

  • The limit for inactive values on unrestricted picklists is 4,000.

  • The limit applies inactive values on newly created unrestricted picklists.

  • Current unrestricted picklists in your org aren’t affected by the new limit.

  • Standard picklist fields aren’t affected by this change.

  • Admins can choose to exclude their Salesforce org from inactive value limits.

  • The limit doesn’t apply to restricted picklist and global picklist value sets. Global picklist value sets have a combined active and inactive limit of 1,000.

You may however disable this limit by navigating to Picklist Settings under ‘Data Node’ in the setup area and checking the box for Enable unlimited inactive values on unrestricted picklists.

Field Level Help Text

Field level help text gets even better with the enhanced character limit raised to 510 from the previous 255. This will allow developers to provide more detailed information to users.

Record Names in Lookup Fields are More Secure

Now users can read the record names in lookup fields even if they do not have access to the parent account. This will now require special permission thereby making your data more secure. This is an org wide setting which can be enabled by selecting Require permission to view record names in lookup fields in Sharing Settings.

Extentia, a Salesforce Consulting Partner, has over a decade of experience across various clouds including Sales, Service, Marketing and Community Cloud with a strong focus on Health Cloud and Financial Services Cloud implementations. Extentia strives to consistently deliver value to customers with experience-centric transformation, design-led solutioning, and Customer 360 implementations, with a particularly impressive track-record in building Salesforce solutions with Lightning Web Components (LWC), Einstein Analytics, Heroku, and third-party integrations.

As Salesforce certified PDO Experts, Extentia has proven expertise in Salesforce’s security review processes, and works with ISVs across the globe to define, wireframe, develop, package and list products on the Salesforce AppExchange.

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