• How to display the Parent Customer Name on a Gallery or Form in a Canvas PowerApp

      Colin Maitland, 17 September 2019

      In this article, I demonstrate how to display the name of the parent Customer for a Contact on a Gallery or Form in a Canvas PowerApp.The App used for this example is connected to the underlying Contacts and Accounts entities in Dynamics 365 using the Common Data Source (CDS) Connector.In Microsoft

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    • Using the Business Card Reader Custom Control in Dynamics 365

      Jordan Hohepa, 11 September 2019

      Recently it has been announced that there will be a wave of new Artificial Intelligence features being added to Microsoft PowerApps. The AI based features will be simple to add pieces of functionality that can do things like process a form or recognise objects in a picture. This blog covers the ‘Bus

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    • How to update Dynamics 365 Option Set controls in a CDS Canvas PowerApp

      Colin Maitland, 10 September 2019

      In my previous articles, I have demonstrated how to set the default values for Lookup and Option Set field bound combo box controls in a Canvas Power App connected to a Leave Requests entity via the Common Data Service. In this article I demonstrate how an Option Set field bound combo box control ca

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    • How to Update Related Date Picker Controls in a Canvas PowerApp

      Colin Maitland, 04 September 2019

      In this article, I demonstrate how to configure two related date picker controls in a Canvas PowerApp so that Date To is updated to Date From, and Date From is updated to Date To, if the User selects a Date From date that is greater than Date To or a Date To date that is less than Date From.The exis

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    • How to Programmatically set Date Picker and Days Controls in a Canvas PowerApp

      Colin Maitland, 03 September 2019

      In this article, I demonstrate how to configure the default values for a Days From and Days To date picker controls and a related Days control in a Canvas PowerApp. I also demonstrate how to programmatically update the Days control to display the number of days between the two selected dates when th

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    • Optimise Setting Default Values for Dynamics 365 Lookup Controls in a Canvas PowerApp

      Colin Maitland, 23 August 2019

      In a previous article, I demonstrated how to set the default values for Dynamics 365 Lookup fields in a Canvas PowerApp. The example used was a Leave Requests app that requires the selection of Requester and Manager.The following image shows the formula used for setting the default Requester to the

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    • How to Set the Default Value for a Dynamics 365 OptionSet Control in a Canvas PowerApp

      Colin Maitland, 22 August 2019

      In this article, I demonstrate how easy it is to set the default value for a ComboBox control associated with a Dynamics 365 Option Set field in a Canvas PowerApp. The approach demonstrated eliminates the need to change the bound ComboBox control to an unbound DropDown control. Because of this, it a

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    • How to set the Default Value for a Dynamics 365 Lookup Control in a Canvas PowerApp

      Colin Maitland, 20 August 2019

      In this article, I demonstrate how easy it is to set the default value for a ComboBox control associated with a Dynamics 365 Lookup field in a Canvas PowerApp.The demonstration application is a sample ‘Leave Requests’ Canvas PowerApp. The app uses the Common Data Service (CDS) connector to access a

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    • Creating a new PowerApps Portal integrated with Dynamics 365

      Jordan Hohepa, 02 August 2019

      Over the past few months Microsoft have talked about a new App Type in PowerApps which is called the PowerApps Portal. This will allow organizations to create a website, similar to the currently available Dynamics 365 Portal, which will allow External Users to interact with the organizations systems

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    • Autonumbering in Dynamics 365 CRM v9 with the new PowerApps Feature

      Jordan Hohepa, 26 July 2019

      With Dynamics 365 there has sometimes been a need to have some sort of autonumbering field on specific Entities. Autonumbering has been available out of the box for a limited number of Entities and the setting for this is available via Settings -> Administration -> Autonumbering. The screensho

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    • Power Platform Licensing

      John Eccles, 18 June 2019

      Power Platform unlocks the potential of Dynamics 365 and Office 365. It opens the door for non-software developer users within organisations to manage data and electronic forms, automate business processes and enable mobility. An organisation needs licensing to use Power Platform. In this blog, I wa

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    • Embedding Maps into a PowerApps Canvas App

      Isaac Stephens, 10 June 2019

      Maps are a great visual way of seeing where a location is and the area around it. This makes embedding a Map into your PowerApp an extremely useful tool. But how do you do this? And what options are there? Currently PowerApps does not let you add a Map as an OOTB control, but here is a way to add a

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    • How to Import a PowerApp Package

      Colin Maitland, 28 May 2019

      PowerApps can be exported as a package from one environment and then imported into another environment. In this article, I will demonstrate how to import a PowerApp package. This demonstration uses a simple ‘Leave Requests’ PowerApp that connects to Microsoft Dynamics 365. A Plan 1 or Plan 2 licence

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    • Using Data Integration in Microsoft PowerApps

      Isaac Stephens, 21 May 2019

      Storing data in a CDS entity is a useful way to have it accessible to your PowerApps applications. This is because rather than embedding the data source directly into each of your applications you can connect multiple apps to one source. Another benefit of using CDS is that you can create a Data Int

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    • Filtering data in PowerApps using Search and Tags

      Isaac Stephens, 15 May 2019

      It is easy to search for an item in PowerApps with the built in Search() function by simply setting the Items attribute in your Gallery to Search(source, textbox.txt) as shown in the image below. However, this only looks for that exact sequence of characters/words. Sometimes you will want to search

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