Learn How To Start PowerApps Controls

Congratulations, in the last post you have successfully created your first PowerApp.

In this post, we will try to understand different controls available in PowerApps.  Before jumping directly into PowerApps one quick tip wants to share with you that PowerApps is very much inspired by Excel. So, whenever you stuck to any problem which you want to solve than just give a try how you could solve that particular problem in Excel. You will find most of the functions similar to Excel.

Just remember that  screen & its controls have global scope in PowerApps.

PowerApps support various controls which we will discuss shortly but before that would like to share that every control has properties and these properties has 2 types Input properties and output properties. We can update the input properties but not output properties.

with this let’s start controls:

You can use control by clicking  on control’s icon of Insert menu

ControlMenu

Label :- Label is simple a ready only control to show text value. We can change the properties like font, color, position, size etc.. from properties window.

You can write a custom function for any input properties or assign direct value.

Properties

TextBox : When we need input from the user then in such cases we can use Textbox control. For example, asking the name of the person.

Just to make you aware Text property is  Output property of textbox so you can’t assign value. while Default is in the input property to show any value in the textbox.

TextboxDefault_properties

Button: Button control is used to perform any action by clicking on it. You can write custom action using the OnSelect trigger.

Action

HtmlText :  When we have to deal with Html Data then in such cases we can use HTML textbox.

Html_Text_Input

Pen Input: This is one of the interesting control. When you need pen input from Apps like a signature or something that then you can use this control

PenInput

Date Picker : When you want date value then in such case we can use Date Picker control. We have provision to change DateTime format & time Zone from Local to UTC.

DatePicker_Control

DropDown:- Whenever we have multiple options from which we need to select the value then we can use DropDown control. DropDown control has Items properties to bind the dropDown options. If a user selected any Dropdown option then we can get by Selected property of dropdown.

DropDown_Item_Collection

Combobox:- Combobox most likely a DropDown and also provide multi selection option.

Combobox

Rating :- If we want a rating for a specific reason then we can use Rating control.

StartRating

Timer:  By the name, it is clear that it is a timer which starts counting. You can invoke an event on OntimerStart, OnTimerEnd etc..

timer_Control

Toggle: Toggle is just True/False option. So, whenever you want true/false option we can use it.

Toggle_Control

Radio Button:  Radio button is again normal control which you might have used earlier. You have a list of option and you need  to select a specific option then we can use a radio button.

RadioButton

Slider: When we required a predefined range and want a user to select from that particular range then slider is one of the option.

Slider

Apart  from this there some other controls like Form Control , Grid, Attachment etc.. which we will describe soon in our coming post as they need individual attention.

Till then enjoy reading.

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