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  1. Parker Edelmann

    September 19, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    Nice article Brent! I’m already somewhat (okay, not really) familiar with the Force.com IDE, but that’s an excellent way to use it! I had always thought of it as just a tool for migrating metadata, but I guess I’m wrong! That’s a great way to search for where fields are used, and look at one angle of what impact removing a custom field will make. I’ll make sure to keep this use case in mind the next time I need to perform a task like this.




  2. Randi Thompson

    September 19, 2016 at 2:12 pm

    Brent, this is soooo timely! I did get a JRE Missing error message when I installed Eclipse. Do I need to install BOTH the JRE and the JDK or just one of the other?



  3. Stephen Stanley

    September 19, 2016 at 3:51 pm

    Hi Brett a minor typo in the text

    “Patters” should be “patterns” in the file selection dialog


    • Brent Downey

      September 20, 2016 at 8:42 am

      Good catch, Stephen! I’ve updated the post.


  4. Katie Rowe

    September 27, 2016 at 11:13 am


    Having trouble installing the force.com plugin, it gives me the error:

    Unable to connect to repository https://developer.salesforce.com/media/force-ide/eclipse45/content.xml

    I believe I’ve configured my proxy settings correctly, any idea what could be causing this error? I’ve installed older versions of eclipse and the plugin before without this problem…


    • Katie Rowe

      September 27, 2016 at 11:43 am

      Never mind, my IT guy helped me figure it out. Apparently I had to remove my proxy settings and go on our guest network in order to install the plugin, but then I had to add the proxy settings back in order to create the force.com project. I don’t understand proxy settings, but at least it’s working for me now.


      • Brent Downey

        September 30, 2016 at 8:29 am

        Cool! Glad you were able to get it working!


  5. Jayne Monat

    January 11, 2017 at 11:29 am

    This is so helpful! I have been looking for a way to search for a fields use in reports so this post is exactly what I needed! It also finally pushed me to explore the Force.com IDE! Thank you for writing this.


  6. Hybin

    January 24, 2017 at 1:44 pm

    Great article especially helpful for admins like me trying to clean up my other thanks for putting all this info together.


    • Brent Downey

      January 26, 2017 at 3:49 pm

      Thanks for reading! Glad you found it useful!


  7. Garrett

    February 17, 2017 at 11:52 am

    Good post on searching metadata via force.com IDE. I need to do exactly the project you described (figure out where Opportunity Stage is used) and your post was very helpful, especially the sections from “Creating a force.com Project” on down.

    However, I had great difficult downloading Eclipse and JRE until I accessed the following YouTube video:


    The video gives simple step-by-step instructions for getting JRE and Eclipse installed, in 7 minutes. I futzed around for 30 minutes trying to get it tow work before I found this video.


    • Brent Downey

      February 20, 2017 at 9:30 am

      Thanks for sharing that video Garrett! Very helpful.


  8. Jeremy Tull

    February 27, 2017 at 10:28 am

    SO HELPFUL! This is exactly what I needed. I wish this was built into Salesforce so the process could be quicker but at least we have this for now. Thanks so much for posting!


    • Brent Downey

      February 27, 2017 at 3:16 pm

      Awesome! Glad you found it useful Jeremy! Thanks for reading.


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