Salesforce: Prevent Duplicate Record By Name

Scenario: An automation to prevent a record with the same name from being created twice.

 

Problem: Object name is a standard text field and you won’t be able to make it unique.

 

Solution #1: Salesforce Duplicate Management  Feature. Refer to this blog here for more information.

 

Solution #2: Validation rule with Vlookup function.

 

Example: 
Prevent Dup

 

Please take note that you will need to use $ObjectType in your Vlookup formula. $ObjectType is to tell the formula that it needs to refer to an object in that organisation. Here is how you can select your object from $ObjectType (Only available for custom objects):

 

SObject

For more details on how to use the Vlookup function, click here.