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Effective Salesforce Report Sharing Guide in 7 Steps

Jason Gong
App automation expert
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April 15, 2024

Share Salesforce reports by using folders for internal users or third-party tools for external users. Salesforce allows scheduling and emailing reports to platform users, but external sharing requires additional solutions.

Understanding these methods enhances data distribution efficiency within and outside your organization.

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How to Share Reports in Salesforce

Sharing reports in Salesforce is a crucial task for users who need to distribute data and insights with team members, management, or external users. Salesforce provides various methods to share reports, catering to different requirements such as sharing within the Salesforce platform, with specific users or groups, and even with external users. This guide covers the essential steps and methods to share reports effectively in Salesforce.

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Sharing Reports and Dashboards in Salesforce

Reports and dashboards in Salesforce can be shared using several methods, ensuring that the right data reaches the right people. The primary way to share reports and dashboards is through Salesforce folders. Visibility and access to these reports or dashboards are controlled at the folder level. Users can share individual reports or entire folders with other users, public groups, roles, or roles and subordinates. The sharing settings allow you to specify whether these users can view, edit, or manage the reports and dashboards.

How to Share Private Reports in Salesforce

Private reports in Salesforce are those that are not stored in a shared folder and are only accessible by the creator. To share a private report, you must first move it to a shared folder or change its folder's sharing settings. Once the report is in a shared folder, you can use the folder's sharing settings to control access. It's important to note that sharing private reports requires careful consideration of data visibility and security policies within your organization.

How to Share Reports in Salesforce Lightning

Sharing reports in Salesforce Lightning involves a few simple steps:

  1. From the Salesforce dashboard, click on the 'Reports' or 'Dashboards' tab.
  2. Select the report or dashboard you wish to share and click on the dropdown icon next to it.
  3. Choose 'Share' from the dropdown menu.
  4. In the sharing settings, specify who you want to share with (users, roles, public groups) and the access level (view, edit, manage).
  5. Click 'Share' to apply the settings.

This process ensures that your reports and dashboards are accessible to the intended audience with the appropriate level of access.

Salesforce Report Sharing

Report sharing in Salesforce is not limited to internal users. Salesforce also allows for scheduled reports to be emailed to users, which can include external email addresses. However, directly sending reports to external users via email requires the use of third-party tools or custom solutions, as Salesforce's standard functionality is designed to send reports only to users within the Salesforce platform.

Report Folder Sharing Salesforce

Sharing an entire report folder in Salesforce is an efficient way to provide access to multiple reports at once. To share a report folder, navigate to the 'Reports' tab, select 'All Folders', find the folder you wish to share, and use the 'Share' option. You can then choose to share the folder with users, public groups, roles, or roles and subordinates, and set the appropriate access level. This method streamlines the process of report sharing, especially when dealing with a large number of reports.

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Salesforce Send Reports to External Users

Sending Salesforce reports to external users directly via email is not supported through Salesforce's built-in functionality. To achieve this, users typically employ workarounds such as setting up email forwarding rules in their email client or using third-party apps available on the Salesforce AppExchange. These apps can automate the process of sending Salesforce reports to external email addresses, offering a solution to this limitation.

Salesforce Send Reports via Email

Salesforce allows users to schedule reports and send them via email to Salesforce users. This feature is useful for automating report distribution on a regular basis. However, to send reports to external email addresses, users need to explore alternative methods such as email forwarding rules or third-party apps, as mentioned previously. These methods ensure that critical data and insights reach all necessary stakeholders, regardless of whether they have access to Salesforce.

Automate Your Salesforce Reports with Bardeen

Sharing reports in Salesforce can be a manual process that requires navigating through the platform's interface, or it can be fully automated with the help of Bardeen. Automating report sharing can save time, reduce errors, and ensure that the right data gets to the right people at the right time. For example, sales teams can automatically send weekly sales reports to management, or marketing teams can share campaign performance data with stakeholders without manual intervention. Embrace automation with Bardeen to streamline your Salesforce report sharing processes. Start by downloading the Bardeen app at

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