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Page layout shows last modified by Automated Process

Knowledge Article Number 000188390
Description A page layout may show "Last Modified by Automated Process" when there was no modification made in the page layout. This might not be caught in the setup audit trail as well.
Resolution While there might be other reasons, one reason why this would happen is when a custom field on the object is deleted and goes through an automated permanent deletion process 15 days after the custom field is soft deleted. When this field is permanently deleted and it was part of a page layout, the automated permanent delete process results in showing the "Last Modified By" of the page layout as "Automated Process". This can be confirmed by getting the soft deletion date of the custom field from the setup audit trail and checking if the Last Modified date of the page layout is exactly 15 days after the soft deletion date of the custom field.

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