How to Set Field History Tracking in Salesforce

Last Modified: April 1, 2024 - 4 min read

Julian Alvarado

Field History Tracking in Salesforce is an invaluable tool that logs changes in your CRM system. It’s perfect for maintaining an audit trail of modifications, ensuring data integrity and aiding in compliance.

This guide will help you enable and leverage this feature, ensuring transparency and accountability in your Salesforce configuration.

Understanding Field History Tracking

Field History Tracking in Salesforce allows organizations to maintain a detailed historical record of alterations, providing a comprehensive audit trail.

Benefits:

  • Transparency: Track who changed what and when.
  • Data Integrity: Maintain a historical view for error resolution.
  • Compliance Ready: Meet industry standards effortlessly.

Prerequisites

Before implementing Salesforce field history tracking for effective CRM data tracking, it’s essential to understand the prerequisites.

Ensure you’re using a compatible Salesforce edition (Enterprise, Unlimited, Performance, or Developer) and have the necessary user permissions. Your objects and fields should support field history tracking.

Step-by-Step Guide: Setting Field History Tracking

Step 1. Log In to Salesforce: Open your web browser and navigate to the Salesforce login page. Enter your credentials to access your Salesforce instance.

Step 2. Access Setup Menu: In the top right corner, locate the gear icon for settings. Click on the gear icon and select “Setup” from the dropdown menu. This action will open the setup menu in a new tab.

 Screenshot of Salesforce login page

Step 3. Navigate to Object Manager: Within the setup menu, locate and click on “Object Manager.” Choose the object for which you want to enable field history tracking (e.g., “Accounts”).

Navigating to the Setup menu in Salesforce

Step 4. Select Fields and Relationships: Under the selected object, click on “Fields and Relationships.”

 Selecting Object Manager in Salesforce setup

Step 5. Enable History Tracking: On the top right, click on “Set History Tracking.”

Fields and Relationships selection in Salesforcev

Check the box that says “Enable Account History.”

Setting History Tracking in Salesforce

Step 6. Choose Fields: You can select up to 20 fields for which you want to enable history tracking. Check the boxes next to the fields you wish to monitor. Click “Save” to apply the changes.

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Choosing fields for history tracking in Salesforce

Step 7. Configure Page Layouts: Navigate to “Page Layouts” in the setup menu. Choose the layout associated with the object (e.g., “Account Layouts”).

Configuring page layouts in Salesforce

Step 8. Add Account History Related List: Scroll down to the “Related Lists” section within the layout. Look for “Account History” in the available items. Drag and drop “Account History” to the Related Lists section. Click “Save” to save the page layout.

Adding Account History to Related Lists in Salesforce

For a detailed video walk-through, check out our YouTube Tutorial.

Best Practices

Effectively utilizing Salesforce field history tracking is crucial for optimizing CRM data management. Follow these best practices to ensure a seamless experience:

  • Select Relevant Objects: Prioritize and enable field history tracking for objects that hold critical data. This prevents unnecessary clutter in tracking and focuses on key information.
  • Strategic Field Selection: Choose fields judiciously. While Salesforce allows tracking for up to 20 fields per object, it’s advisable to focus on those directly impacting business processes or compliance.
  • Regularly Review Tracking Configuration: Periodically assess your field history tracking settings. Ensure that the tracked fields align with evolving business needs and compliance requirements.
  • Establish Naming Conventions: Adopt a consistent naming convention for tracked fields. This simplifies data analysis and interpretation, making it easier to identify and understand historical changes.
  • Educate Users: Provide training to users on accessing and interpreting field history data. Understanding how to navigate and utilize this information enhances its value in decision-making processes.

Analyzing and interpreting data from Salesforce field history tracking:

  • Leverage Reports and Dashboards: Create custom reports and dashboards to visualize historical data trends. This aids in identifying patterns, anomalies, and performance metrics over time.
  • Utilize Filters and Views: Apply filters and views when analyzing field history data to narrow down results. This enables focused insights into specific time frames or types of changes.
  • Implement Data Analytics Tools: Integrate external data analytics tools for in-depth analysis. This extends the capabilities of Salesforce field history tracking, allowing for advanced data exploration.
  • Document Data Changes: Encourage documentation of significant data changes alongside field history records. This contextual information provides a comprehensive understanding of the circumstances surrounding alterations.

Conclusion

Enabling field history tracking in Salesforce is vital for robust CRM data management. Follow our guide to ensure a smooth setup and consider integrating Coefficient for additional insights and efficiency in Salesforce configuration.

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