Why I Developed a Salesforce Chrome Extension?

Posted by Peter Dong on May 31, 2024

In the daily work of Salesforce administrators and developers, efficiency is key. One major challenge is quickly locating and accessing Salesforce configurations and metadata. To address this issue, I developed the Salesforce Spotlight Chrome Extension. Here are the reasons behind this development and the benefits it brings.


As a Salesforce engineer, I noticed that frequently navigating through the Salesforce interface to find configurations was very time-consuming. Whether searching for users, objects, fields, Apex Classes, Apex Triggers, Flows, or Reports, a lot of time was wasted switching between different screens, which significantly reduced work efficiency. I tried several Salesforce-related extensions but found that most tools in the market did not provide a quick and intuitive search function to directly locate configurations and metadata. This lack of effective tools prompted me to start this project.


  • Time Consumption: Finding specific configurations in the Salesforce environment often requires multiple page clicks or links, wasting a lot of time.
  • Poor User Experience: Frequent screen switching and manual searching not only result in poor user experience but also significantly impact work efficiency.
  • Repetitive Tasks: Repetitive operations increase time costs and significantly reduce overall productivity.


To solve these issues, I decided to develop a Chrome Extension named Salesforce Spotlight. The main function of this extension is to open a search box with a keyboard shortcut, allowing users to quickly find Salesforce configurations and metadata. Specific features include:

  • Quick Search: Quickly locate the needed configuration or metadata by entering keywords.
  • Keyboard Shortcuts: Trigger the search box with keyboard shortcuts, reducing mouse operations and increasing efficiency.
  • Support for Multiple Data Types: Search for users, objects, fields, Apex Classes, Apex Triggers, Flows, and Reports.
  • Support for Setup Home Configurations: Locate all Setup Home configurations on the Lightning platform.
  • Command Line Integration: The extension supports searching Salesforce CLI commands, helping developers quickly find the necessary commands and their usage (under development).

Implementation Process

During the development of Salesforce Spotlight, I focused on the following aspects:

  • Performance Optimization: Ensuring the extension is responsive during loading and searching to provide a smooth user experience.
  • API Integration: Utilizing Salesforce APIs to fetch the latest configuration and metadata, ensuring data timeliness and accuracy.
  • User Interface: Designing a simple and intuitive interface that users can easily adopt and efficiently use.


By developing the Salesforce Spotlight Chrome Extension, I aim to help Salesforce administrators and developers improve their work efficiency and reduce the time spent on tedious tasks. This extension also demonstrates how tool optimization can improve user experience and boost overall productivity. If you are a Salesforce administrator or developer, I invite you to try Salesforce Spotlight and provide feedback. Let’s work together to enhance our work efficiency and enjoy a more productive workflow!

Download and Experience

Currently, the extension is still in the testing phase and has not been released on the Chrome Web Store. If you want to experience it, please click Salesforce Spotlight to download the latest version.

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