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Limit imported records to existing picklist values

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Carelessness and ignorance can reek havoc on data quality when people import all kinds of data into a field that expects defined picklist values. This is why sysadmins should be able to define per field, if imported data must match the defined picklist values or not. Example: we have a rather small (30+) list of industry picklist values, but my most recent report returned 561 (!) different industries.

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  • Aaron Slettehaugh - 3 years ago

    Restricted picklists were in closed pilot in the Winter '16 release. In Spring '16 they move to open beta. This means that they will be available in all Developer Edition and Sandbox orgs, without requiring Salesforce to activate them, once Spring '16 is available everywhere. They are also available NOW in Spring '16 pre-release orgs. Get yours here:
    https://www.salesforce.com/form/signup/prerelease-spring16.jsp

    Also, be sure to join the "Global, Restricted Custom Picklists" Chatter group, where you will find a specification of the planned GA release, FAQs, and be able to collaborate with other members of the community:
    https://success.salesforce.com/_ui/core/chatter/groups/GroupProfilePage?g=0F9300000009PDt
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