Top 5 Salesforce Google Extensions
Updated: Dec 25, 2021
What does this post cover?
- How to improve your efficiency within Salesforce using google extensions
1. Salesforce.com Enhanced Formula Editor
Starting #1 off right I recommend purchasing "Salesforce.com Enhanced Formula Editor" extension. I believe it runs $4.99 for 1 year and yes, almost every single google extension out there is free BUT I think that just goes to show how highly I think of this one. This google extension enhances the formula editor text areas to allow syntax highlighting, tabbing, parenthesis matching, & find and replace - just to name a few. Works perfect for both the jr. admin who is just getting familiar with advanced formulas as well as the seasoned admin who could benefit from some better visualization. I found this extension about a year ago now and I have been using it on a consistent basis ever since. Head on over to the link and pick this one up.
- $4.99 / year - Syntax highlighting - Tabbing (tab and shift-tab) - Parentheses matching - Find and Replace - No code wrapping - Full-screen mode - Format button - Works with Salesforce Lightning
- "Load Field Details" that loads details about the fields found in the formula (More details on this ☝🏼 by clicking the link)
2. Salesforce Inspector
For #2 I've got the one and only "Salesforce Inspector" extension. Honestly, I was introduced to this one about 2 years ago and I didn't realize all the awesome capabilities it had until about 3-4 months ago. This thing is packed with some sweet features like viewing and editing all object data - even if it is not on your page layout or getting field information directly from a record detail page, edit page, or Visualforce page. My favorite feature though is being able to run SOQL queries from here AND having the bonus of saving those queries for future use.
This one is also free of charge so it's kind of a no brainer to go and add this one today. The more you can adapt to having this feature at your fingertips, the more you will realize all of what it can do for you.
- $Free - View field information directly from a record detail page, edit page or Visualforce page
- View and edit all data for a record, even data that is not on the page layout
- Perform quick one-off data exports and imports directly from within Salesforce. Data can be easily copied to and from Excel. No need to log in again when you are already logged in with your browser.
- SOQL queries + you can save them for future use - Quickly reference record ids and object information while staying on the details page
3. Salesforce Colored Favicons
At #3 I have "Salesforce Colored Favicons". This extension is perfect for those who are looking for a quick visualization to let them know what environment they are currently in. Even though Salesforce marks your environment with a banner at the top of your page, indicating the environment you are in - you still have to click into that tab to find that information. This tool will help you determine which tabs are which before clicking into them. If you are one of those people running 2,677 tabs on your browser, you already know you need this one.
Price on this one is FREE so yet another one where it's almost a no brainer to go and grab if it interests you even just a little bit. One other perk here is that the colors are set by you so you can come up with the color scheme that makes sense for you. I personally have mine listed as the following but do whatever makes sense to you.
Green = Production Yellow = Full Copy Red = Dev Gray = Tailhead
- $Free - Displays a separate icon for sandbox instances - Overrides the standard salesforce favicon with one colored based on the org - Includes a separate icon with an 'S' to indicate sandbox instances
- Supports both Classic and Lightning Experience
4. iorad - the tutorial builder
This one isn't a specific extension made for Salesforce but as an Admin I know you are doing a lot of screenshots, screen recordings, and when people really aren't getting it - sitting at a user's desk showing them in person how something works. That's why on #4 I chose to include "iorad - the tutorial builder". To save a lot of time making 50 different screen recordings or taking 900 screenshots for all your users, take a stab at building a tutorial 1 time and 1 time only for your entire org. When I found this I thought, nah... I don't want to spend MORE time than I already do to try and figure out a tutorial builder. I was wrong because if you know how to do a screen recording for a user, you will know how to use this tool... since that's literally what you do. A screen recording. The tool builds the tutorial step by step for you.
After you complete the screen recording it will show you the steps you took like clicking this button here or selecting that field there and then put them into steps. At this point, you review it and label the steps. When you are finished, you have the option of watching it back as a screen recording OR, here is a big win, going through it step by step interactively! Yes, the tutorial will actually make you click that button or type in that value. It's like you are sitting at the user's desk showing them. With current situations and work from home, this is especially useful.
⭐️Feature Highlights - $Free - Directly in the browser - Step-by-step directions for any website - View as screen recording or interactive tutorial
- Analytics on which users have watched the tutorial
5. ORGanizer for Salesforce
I saved the best one for last. At #5 I have "ORGanizer for Salesforce". This thing is crazy. Crazy to think this is just a google extension and on top of that, it's 100% FREE. I saved this one for last because it does a little bit of everything and some. It has its own version of the enhanced formula editor. It has its own version of the colored favicons. It has its own version of the quick SOQL queries and viewing metadata. This is why others refer to this extension as the "Swiss Army Knife of Salesforce".
This is an extension where they have tried to incorporate all the cool extensions I mentioned and some, into one package deal. I like and don't like that about it. Although it does all those things, some of the features in comparison to the ones I mentioned above don't work as well or the way I want them to. For this reason, I still use all the ones I mentioned above alongside this one. For me, I think I am partial because I have been using the ones above for much longer and feel comfortable with them and what they can do. If you use this one right off the bat and none of the others listed you may feel differently.
If you are like me and want to use this alongside the others - it still contains a lot of differences that the other ones do not provide. Some of those features are the changeset helper, login saving, quick links, customize hotkeys, and more. Sweet bonus is that you can actually go here 👉🏼https://organizer.enree.co/guides.html and view their guides on how to fully maximize this extension. I recommend doing this so you know all of its capabilities right off the bat and can start adapting to use them.
⭐️Feature Highlights - $Free - Store your frequently used accounts (basic encryption for password, details on the guide): username / password / login url / landing page
- Login an account on a new tab, window and window on incognito mode or get the full login URL for other browsers
- Change an ORG tab and title to instantly recognize which tab belongs to which ORG
- Use the built-in Quick Link tool to quickly access your most used standard Salesforce links
- Create your personal ORG's quick link library to handle special links
- Use the Quick Links tool to make a global search or open a custom relative link (e.g. from a copied Salesforce ID) or login to another ORG
- Use the Quick Console right inside your Salesforce tab to have quick access to describe manager, queries, execute anonymous and other handy tools