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Each record in the Salesforce.com system has a unique ID field assigned to it which is known as Record ID. It is system generated and cannot be edited or deleted. It is generated every time a new record is inserted into the application.
Entering a known Record ID in Salesforce will direct you straight to the details page of that record. The first 3 characters of an ID indicate the object type.
For example: Accounts – 001, Contacts – 003, Leads – 00Q, etc.
These prefixes can never be changed for objects.
Custom objects are assigned 3-char prefixes based on internal SFDC rules that we cannot predict.
There are two versions of Record IDs:
A 15-digit id can be converted into an 18-digit id using CASESAFEID() function and to convert an 18-digit id into 15-digit simply remove the last 3 digits from it.
Salesforce Record IDs are identical only in the Full Copy Sandbox and Production environments.
Let us now move on to the next chapter: Data Security
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