Form Query String Parameter Tool

Show it, don’t tell it. That’s why I created the Form Query String Parameter Tool. This week I published a technical article that introduces this tool: Use the Form Query String Parameter Tool to Demonstrate Setting Default Field Values in New Record Forms.
We have documentation in the SDK that describes the feature that lets you set default field values in a new form by setting specific query string parameters. But I’ve never felt that the examples really let someone understand what this feature does or how to use it. And just adding more words or static examples wouldn’t help either.
So I created a Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 solution that you can install that will help you understand what this feature can, and can’t, do. Download the solution here: When you install it, you’ll see a configuration page that contains buttons to launch the tool or add it to your favorites. You’ll also find instructions about how to use this tool.

After you open the tool, choose an entity. If that entity has more than one form, choose a specific form.

The user interface generates fields from the form that you can use to set values that are valid to use with this feature. After you have added some values, you can perform the following actions:

  • Use the Test URL button to open a new entity form with the values set.
  • Use the Copy URL button to copy the URL valid for your organization to your clipboard.
  • Use the Copy Function button to generate the text for a JavaScript function that you can use to set values and open a new form with those values.

That’s it. Not a game changing feature. Just a small utility that I hope will allow you to see if this feature will work for you and help you generate the URL or a JavaScript function to use this feature.

The technical article goes into more detail about the following:

If you have comments or questions about this tool, please read the technical article for details. If you still have questions, use the “Send comments about this article to Microsoft” link at the bottom of the article to send me an email.


Jim Daly

Comments (2)

  1. David says:


    Many thanks for this post. Do you know if there is an available solution for CRM 2015 ?



  2. 365blog says:


    The Form Query String Parameter tool is a CRM 2011 managed solution, so it cannot be installed on CRM 2015.

    It is intended to demonstrate the capability and facilitate generating a sample function for it, but it isn’t required to use the capability, therefore somewhat lower priority compared to delivering our core documentation for developers.

    I haven’t gotten around to updating it since it was released. I will try to get an updated version out when I can.

    -Jim Daly

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