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In a webinar with Jarrod Kingston of Appirio and Michael Farrington of RingLead, we learned tips, tricks and hacks all around the Salesforce User Object.

salesforce hacks - Dr. evilWatch the full video below, and be sure to check out the rest of the Salesforce Admin Hack Series. The playlist can be viewed here. Here are some of the User Object hacks.

1. Welcome Email Workflow

This hack sends an introduction email to new users with specific information on getting started with Salesforce. To do it, use workflow to email the user a pre-defined template when creating the user record.
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2. Report on Record-less Users

Report on users without Opportunities (or other things). To do it, create a Custom Report Type on Users with or without Opportunities along with the “Power of 1″ custom formula field.
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3. Report on Records Created by Running User

Want to create one report that can be used by anyone to see the records they created? Make sure the formula field that leverages $User.Id has the variable: IF(CreatedById = $User.Id, 1,NULL).
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4. Automated Temporary Access

Set an “Access Expiration” date on a user, and have them automatically deactivated on that date. Tie the Custom Field to the Time Based Workflow like this: Custom Field + Time Based Workflow.
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