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New field creation - Option to update the existing records with default values.

Salesforce Platform, Administration & Sharing, Applications, Customization, Sales Force Automation, Large Enterprise Ideas, Large Enterprise

Often we add new fields with default values to existing objects. While new records get the default value, the existing records remain with no value in the new field. We then would need to manually update all the existing records with a value. It will be great if there is a configuration option to make old records attain the default value (or a specified value) in the new field being added. Additionally on such automatic updates the lastmodified values should not change.

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