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Override a formatter with macros

Override a formatter with macros

The system uses formatters to handle complex rendering of specific form elements.

Before you begin

Role required: ui_macro_admin

About this task

Examples of form elements rendered by formatters in the base platform are:
  • Activity formatter: Displays the list of activities, or history, on a task form.
  • Process flow formatter: Displays the different stages in a linear process flow across the top of a record.
  • Task parent breadcrumbs formatter: Provides breadcrumbs to show the parent or parents of the current task.
  • Approval summarizer formatter: Displays dynamic summary information about the element being approved.
Formatters provided in the base system can be overridden by a UI macro.


  1. Navigate to System UI > UI Macros.
  2. Click New.
  3. In the Name field, enter the same name as the formatter you want to override, but omit the .xml extension.
  4. Complete the remaining fields on the form.
  5. Click Submit.


This example shows the form that defines the existing approval summarizer formatter:
Approval summarizer formatter
Here is the form for the UI macro that overrides the approval summarizer formatter:
Override the formatter