How to use variables in canned responses

Variables are placeholders in canned responses or signatures that are dynamically filled based on the context. They can be used in the body, but not subject, of canned responses. They can also appear in URLs in these canned responses or signatures.

Here's a preview of what you can do with variables in canned responses:


Variable Options

Below is the complete list of variables. To use a variable, simply type two double curly brackets {{ when composing a new canned response or signature. The list will appear, and you can select the one you'd like to use.If the recipient name does not exist in your Contacts, it will not populate in your canned response. For situations like this, define a fallback. When defining a fallback, make sure you surround it with single quotes.

  • {{recipient.first_name | 'there'}}

Note: If you are using canned responses in rules to send automatic replies, the {{user...}} variables will be blank because no user is actually tied to the reply, as it is automatic.

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  • Lemuel Chan I do have State and address in the contact, but is there no way to have dynamic variables in SMS? I can only see it for email...

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  • Lemuel Chan you’re right.. that worked. I feel like that’s exactly what I did (because that’s how I would want to use it), and it didn’t work.  But I just tried it, and it did.  cool!

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  • Ben Leon For SMS, dynamic variables only work through canned responses. As for the contact information (state, address,etc.), dynamic variables are limited to the ones listed when you type "{{" (see screenshot from this article). Therefore, you cannot pull information from contact details for your dynamic variable.

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  • It seems like there is quite a bit of support for being able to use custom fields in variables in canned responses but the concept doesn't appear to be anywhere in Trello 'ideas and requests' for people to upvote or comment on (if commenting were enabled).

    The Trello board encourages people to make suggestions, but many I've seen in this forum or made directly as suggested don't seem to show up there.

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  • Hi @john_fabrega we try to keep the board up to date as much as possible. However we are always working on a ton of smaller improvements and tracking all of them on Trello would be impossible to keep up. :) You can however always forward your suggestion to us via the forum here or directly via support@frontapp.com and we will be sure to forward them to the product team for you.

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  • customized variables would be an awesome addition to the FRONT solution

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  • Todd Ritrievi I agree!

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  • Todd Ritrievi Hey Todd, thanks for writing in. I will submit this as a feature request for our product team!

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  • Yes, custom variables is the only feature your software lacks. We are considering to migrate with 20 agents and use your software, but without this feature, we can not migrate.

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  • Emils Everss I mean, we really need the feature which was mentioned by  Seth Dillon 

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  • And it still hasn't made it to the 'Ideas & Requests' section of the Trello board despite multiple requests via multiple channels.

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  • John Fabrega Thank you all for your continued interest regarding this request. We have a large backlog of requests that aren't all on Trello. Please know that our product team is aware of this, and we will definitely let you know as soon as we're able to build this improvement.

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  • In the new Front, it seems that the variables in canned responses have taken a step backwards. We've noticed that the indication of the variable positioning (formerly a blue shading) is gone so one has to hunt around to determine if the correct -or any- variable was inserted. Due to the lack of ability to include custom variables as discussed above, we used unused fields to remind us to manually enter information where needed. Now there is nothing to help us find the locations. Furthermore, if one wants to change what was automatically inserted as a variable, one has to individually delete each character rather than the full block.

    Really hoping for a high priority fix to this issue.

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  • Hi John Fabrega we are looking into fixing this as soon as possible, feel free to reach out to us by using the contact page for updates thanks!

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  • Hi,  It looks like variables in the subject line is no longer working with canned responses. Seems like it broke when the new version rolled out.  Is this known, and being fixed?

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  • Joe Hemsing It seems like a number of things broke in the update related to canned responses:

    1. Variables in Subject lines not working.
    2. Custom subject lines from canned responses are not automatically displayed.
    3. Variables within canned responses no longer leave noticeable placeholders when there is no data in the field
    4. (Never worked) Custom fields aren't available for variables in canned response.

    As Kenji suggested above, make sure to also reach out to support to pile on to the requests.

    Crossing fingers that it will make it on the roadmap soon.

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  • i do really agree that custom variables would be very nice. I see that there has been multiple requests for this in the last 2 years. Is there any timeline on when this could be possible? 

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  • John Fabrega any update on these bug fixes?

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