Search on multiple columns from a Dataverse table in a Canvas Power App Gallery control | Power Platform

One of the most common scenarios is to be able to perform a Search on the Dataverse table like Accounts, Contacts etc. across multiple columns. Just like you would do on a Quick Search in a Dynamics 365 CE (CRM).

Let’s see how we can replicate this using Search() function in Canvas Power App to implement Search across multiple columns in a Canvas Power App.

Gallery and Search Control

As a typical setup, I’ll implement a Gallery control to populate all Accounts and have the Search Text Input control for the user to enter the search term. Let’s see how we can set this up quickly –

  1. I’ve added a Gallery control that will populate the Accounts from the Dynamics 365 (Dataverse) instance and I’ve added a Search which is a Text Input which user can use to enter the Search term.


  2. Here are the fields which are selected to be displayed on the Gallery. Account Name will be shown larger in bold and below is the City to give it a subtitled look.


  3. Once this is set, we’ll look for Items of the Gallery and proceed to modify it. You’ll see the Default Items populated already based on how you populated the Gallery when you connected to your Dataverse.
    Let’s modify this.


  4. Now, we’ll clear the Items formula bar and then write the below Search() function –

    Search – Denoted by Blue arrow, Search() function is used in Canvas Apps to Search from a Data Source but first selecting thee data source in the first parameter, then the Search Term and finally listing all thee columns of the data source separated by commas. Here’s thee official documentation of the Search functionality as provided in Microsoft – Docs https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/powerapps/maker/canvas-apps/functions/function-filter-lookup?WT.mc_id=DX-MVP-5003911

    Accounts – Denoted by Green Arrow, Accounts if the Data Source i.e. thee Dataverse environment which is fetching theee Accounts table and populating the Gallery.

    SearchInput.Text – Denoted by Orange arrow, SearchInput.Text is the text which users will enter to Search from the Dataverse i.e. from Accounts table in order to show up.

    Fields – Denoted by Red Underline, the fields can be listed from the Data Source and the Search will be carried out amongst those columns.

Working

Now, let’s see how this will work –

  1. By default, if the Search Box is blank, all the records will be shown.


  2. Once, users start to enter text into the same, the Items of the Gallery will start populating based on the Search.


    I’ve also implemented this using the Filter function as well – Implement real-time search in Gallery of CDS records in a Canvas Power App | Power Platform

Hope this was useful!

Here are some more Canvas Power App posts you might want to check out –

  1. Call a Flow from Canvas Power App and get back response | Power Platform
  2. Enable Custom Code Components (PCF Controls) to be imported in a Canvas Power App | Quick Tip
  3. Retrieve Hashtags from Text in a Canvas Power App | Power Platform
  4. Rich Text Control for Canvas and Model-Driven App | Quick Tip
  5. Setting Correct Default Mode for Forms in a Canvas App | [Quick Tip]
  6. Rating Control to represent data from Dataverse in a Canvas Power App | Power Platform
  7. Clear a field value & Reset Form in a Canvas Power App [Quick Tip]
  8. Get Dynamics 365 field metadata in a Canvas App using DataSourceInfo function | Common Data Service
  9. Debug Published Canvas Power App with other users using Monitor | Power Platform
  10. Download a File from a Canvas Power App using a button | Power Platform
  11. Dependent OptionSets in a Canvas Power App for 1:N related CDS entities | Power Platform

    Thank you!!

Call a Flow from Canvas Power App and get back response | Power Platform

One of the most commonly searched topic is being able to Run a Flow from a Canvas App. And this has been demonstrated by many users over a period of time.

This is my attempt to summarize the same. Hopefully, this will clear out in a simpler way!!

Scenario

In this scenario, I will call a Flow using a Button and send the number in the TextBox, the Flow will do some calculation and I will get back the result which I’ll use to store and utilize. Simple!

Create a Flow

Let’s see how you can add a Flow to Canvas Power App –

Before we begin, remember, only the Flows which are outside a solution will be recognized inside a Canvas App.

  1. Here is my Cloud Flow. Since the Trigger of the Flow is a Canvas Power App, I’ll search for PowerApp in the Connectors and select the PowerApps connector.
    It has 1 trigger which is called as PowerApps.


  2. Once I select, I start the Flow with the trigger and then I’ll go on to declare 2 variables to do a simple operation.


  3. Now, I want to request Number 1 in the Canvas PowerApp which will be passed to the Flow.
    So, in the Dynamic content, you’ll notice Ask in PowerApps

  4. As I select this, a variable will be auto-created with will be the name of the variable “Number 1” (spaces will be removed), followed by _Value. Hence, resulting in Number1_Value.


  5. Next, I’ll create another variable to just multiply these 2 numbers together and produce a result. So, here’s my third variable. (Just for the sake of this example 😊)


  6. Now, to send back a Response to the calling Canvas PowerApp, I’ll again search for PowerApps connector in which and then look for the Action which is called as Respond in Power App

  7. Once I select that, I can then pass on my variable which is a result of my calculation.


  8. And I’ll send the result back to the calling PowerApp.

Accepting Parameters in Flow from Canvas App

Let’s look at the other part of the implementation where I will have a button pass value to the Flow and get back results.

  1. In my Canvas App, I have this structure where I have a Textbox called ‘ValueToSend‘, a button called ‘ProcessButton‘ and a DataTable called ‘ResultTable‘ to show the result.

  2. Now, in order to add a Flow on the trigger of the Process Selected button, I’ll select the button first and then make sure OnSelect is highlighted and then follow the step below.
  3. Now, let me add the Flow to the App first. I’ll navigate to Action and click on Flow.

  4. Upon selecting Power Automate, I’ll be shown all the Power Automate Flows detected by the App. Remember, only ones NOT in Solutions will be detected and available for selection.

  5. Upon clicking it, it will be added to the Power App and appear in the Data above and the Flow will be ready in the Formula Bar for you to complete calling it.


  6. Now, as you click on the Formula Bar to start writing the Flow, you’ll be asked the first parameter which we added as Ask In PowerApps in our Flow above.

  7. So, I’ll enter the TextBox which I had created i.e. ValueToSend, for example. And then close the Flow and then enter a dot to select the Outputs for Flow has to offer.
    As you see, I can now select the Output Parameters which we had selected.

  8. Once I select that, the Flow will send the value that I pass and collect back the calculatedValue from the Flow.



  9. Now, this is not stored anywhere, so it’s recommended you store it in a Variable/Collection for your use later.
    In my case, I’ll add it all to a Collection to populate the DataTable later on. Hence, I’ll add the entire thing to the Collect() method


  10. Next, since I want to display thee result in the label, I’ll assign the Label’s Text property to the variable I created above and collected Flow result in.


    Now, let’s Run this example.

Running

Now, when I call the Flow by pressing the button once I enter some value, the result will be calculated and the Collection will store the answers sent back by the Flow and it’ll keep adding to the collection on each request.

Likewise, your scenario could be anything per your implementation.

  1. First call to Flow


  2. Second call to Flow

Hope this was useful!!

Here are some more Canvas Power App posts you might want to check out –

  1. Retrieve Hashtags from Text in a Canvas Power App | Power Platform
  2. Rich Text Control for Canvas and Model-Driven App | Quick Tip
  3. Setting Correct Default Mode for Forms in a Canvas App | [Quick Tip]
  4. Rating Control to represent data from Dataverse in a Canvas Power App | Power Platform
  5. Clear a field value & Reset Form in a Canvas Power App [Quick Tip]
  6. Get Dynamics 365 field metadata in a Canvas App using DataSourceInfo function | Common Data Service
  7. Debug Published Canvas Power App with other users using Monitor | Power Platform
  8. Download a File from a Canvas Power App using a button | Power Platform
  9. Implement real-time search in Gallery of CDS records in a Canvas Power App | Power Platform
  10. Log Canvas Power App telemetry data in Azure Application Insights | Power Apps
  11. Call HTTP Request from a Canvas Power App using Flow and get back Response | Power Automate
  12. Launch URL on a Data Table Text column selection in a Canvas PowerApp | SharePoint Lists

Thank you!

Enable Custom Code Components (PCF Controls) to be imported in a Canvas Power App | Quick Tip

In case you want to enable PCF Controls to be allowed to be embedded in a Canvas Power App, here’s what you do.

Default Behavior

By default, if you see as below i.e. you are not able to Import Code Components (PCF Components) into your Power App and see the below –

  1. In order to Import a Code Components in a Canvas App, you navigate to Insert tab and then expand Custom and click on Import Components.


  2. But, only Components published from other Canvas Apps are available to import.


    So here’s how you can first enable the ability to import Custom Code Components in Canvas Power Apps.



Power Platform Admin Settings

It is possible that this setting is turned off by default. Here’s what you need to do to turn it back on –

  1. Navigate to Environments’ section in Power Platform Admin Center (https://admin.powerplatform.microsoft.com/environments). Make sure you are into the environment where you are building this App in.
    Alternatively, you can also select the environment and click on Settings from the top ribbon.


  2. Once in the environment, click on Settings. (As I mentioned above, you can also access this from the Environments section itself without entering the Environment altogether)


  3. Once in Settings, expand Settings tab and go in Features.


  4. Once you open Features, you’ll find the Power App Component Framework settings on the right which might be turned off.


  5. Now, turn this ON and Save changes.


  6. Also, as an additional check also make sure the App too has enabled Components to be included in the App. This is available in the Advanced Settings of the Canvas App itself.



    Assuming you have turned that ON. Now, you can go in your Canvas Power App and Import Code Components.


Import Code Components in Canvas Power Apps

Now, let’s say you have already turned on Power Apps component framework settings for canvas apps as shown above.

  1. In you Canvas App, click on Import Components as shown below.


  2. And now, you should be able to also see a section called as Code where custom code components will appear.


  3. Let’s say you have imported this component, it will be available to use in the + menu in the Canvas App Studio.

Hope this was useful. Here are some more Power Apps / Power Platform posts you might want to check out –

  1. Rich Text Control for Canvas and Model-Driven App | Quick Tip
  2. Setting Correct Default Mode for Forms in a Canvas App | [Quick Tip]
  3. Rating Control to represent data from Dataverse in a Canvas Power App | Power Platform
  4. Clear a field value & Reset Form in a Canvas Power App [Quick Tip]
  5. Implement real-time search in Gallery of CDS records in a Canvas Power App | Power Platform
  6. Implement character length validation in a Canvas Power App | Power Platform
  7. Implementing Exit app, Logout and Confirm Exit features in a Canvas Power App
  8. Debug Published Canvas Power App with other users using Monitor | Power Platform
  9. AddColumns() function to dynamically add columns to a Data table in Canvas Power App | SharePoint List
  10. Log Canvas Power App telemetry data in Azure Application Insights | Power Apps

Thank you!

Retrieve Hashtags from Text in a Canvas Power App | Power Platform

Let’s say you want to make a collection of Hashtags used in a certain Text Input control. Here’s how you do it using the HashTags() function in Power Apps.

Let me demonstrate it quickly below!

Using HashTags() function

Now, let’s consider the below scenario where you want to collect the Hastags from a Text Input and later on use business logic on that.

  1. As an example, let me take a Description multi-line text field on the Canvas App and I’ll also take a DataTable to show the collected Hashtags in the same.
    I’ve renamed the Text Input to “Description”

  2. Now, to scan for hashtags and collect them, I’m writing the below formula on the OnChange operation of thee Text Input so that once I finish writing and move the focus away from Text Input, the Formula can scan for Hashtags and populate the collection.



  3. Now, here’s the formula I’ve used to scan the Text (String) for Hashtags present.


    Microsoft Docs Link for HashTags() formula –
    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/powerapps/maker/canvas-apps/functions/function-hashtags?WT.mc_id=DX-MVP-5003911

    Why ClearCollect instead of Collect? – Because only using Collect will scan the field and add all the hashtags again causing redundancy.

    Why I used Collection? – I could also use this collection elsewhere instead of directly assigning the above formula to the Items of the Data Table. Hence, the preference to use ClearCollect.

  4. Now, from the Data Table perspective, I’m simply populating the Data Table with the Collection [hashtagCollection] as the Data Source and make sure you also add the Result column as well, else, the Data Table will be blank even if the Collection is being populated.

Working

Let’s see how the table will be populated as we Run the App.

  1. Now, I’ve written as Hello #PowerPlatform and moved the focus out of the Text Input, the Data Table (via Collections) is populated with the results.


  2. Again, if I add another Hashtag i.e. #PowerApps, it’ll add to the collection (Basically, erase everything and scan all over again behind the scenes)

To demonstrate this example, I’ve created a YouTube video for the same, kindly check it out!

Hope this was useful. Here are some more Power Apps / Power Platform posts you might want to check out –

  1. Rich Text Control for Canvas and Model-Driven App | Quick Tip
  2. Setting Correct Default Mode for Forms in a Canvas App | [Quick Tip]
  3. Rating Control to represent data from Dataverse in a Canvas Power App | Power Platform
  4. Clear a field value & Reset Form in a Canvas Power App [Quick Tip]
  5. Implement real-time search in Gallery of CDS records in a Canvas Power App | Power Platform
  6. Implement character length validation in a Canvas Power App | Power Platform
  7. Implementing Exit app, Logout and Confirm Exit features in a Canvas Power App
  8. Debug Published Canvas Power App with other users using Monitor | Power Platform
  9. AddColumns() function to dynamically add columns to a Data table in Canvas Power App | SharePoint List
  10. Log Canvas Power App telemetry data in Azure Application Insights | Power Apps

Thank you!!

Rich Text Control for Canvas and Model-Driven App | Quick Tip

In one of my previous posts, I had highlighted, you can enable a Rich-Text Control for a Multiple-Line of Text type of field. Here it is again – Use Rich-Text Control for Multiple Lines of Text in Dynamics 365 CE | Quick Tip

In the above post, I had highlighted that we can change the control of a Model-Driven control of Text to Rich-Text and make it appear as below

Now, reading the same field in a Canvas App will make it appear as below

Now, let’s see how we can overcome this and read the correct Rich-Text Control formatting in the Canvas App’s Form as well.

Canvas App Form

Let’s look at the changes you’ll need to do to the Gallery control in order to read the Rich-text formatting as seen in the Model-Driven App

  1. Select the Gallery itself and expand the Fields section and locate the field which is a Rich-Text control in the Model-Driven app itself.

  2. Now, change the Control type and select the Edit rich text control from the options.


  3. Once this is selected, the Control will be updated to read formatting as in the Model-Driven app itself.

Hope this was helpful. Here are some more Power Apps / Power Platform posts you might want to check –

  1. Setting Correct Default Mode for Forms in a Canvas App | [Quick Tip]
  2. Rating Control to represent data from Dataverse in a Canvas Power App | Power Platform
  3. Clear a field value & Reset Form in a Canvas Power App [Quick Tip]
  4. Get Dynamics 365 field metadata in a Canvas App using DataSourceInfo function | Common Data Service
  5. Debug Published Canvas Power App with other users using Monitor | Power Platform
  6. Download a File from a Canvas Power App using a button | Power Platform
  7. AddColumns() function to dynamically add columns to a Data table in Canvas Power App | SharePoint List
  8. Implement real-time search in Gallery of CDS records in a Canvas Power App | Power Platform
  9. Implement character length validation in a Canvas Power App | Power Platform
  10. Implementing Exit app, Logout and Confirm Exit features in a Canvas Power App

Thank you!!

Form Access Checker in new Power Apps Form Designer | Model-Driven Apps in Dynamics 365

Most of us have been used to using the classic form designer as of now. And the Power Apps UI which is in https://make.powerapps.com/ has some important new features.

We create forms and we then have to explicitly make sure we have assigned them correct Security Roles and added them to the Apps correctly.

So the new Power Apps Form Designer has a very useful feature called as Form Access Checker. Let’s look at it

A Form & An App

  1. Let’s say we have a custom/Unmanaged Form called as ‘Management Form’.

  2. And an App called as ‘Management App’.

  3. And it has Contact entity with 2 Forms added.

  4. And here are the 2 forms – Contact (OOB) and Management Form (Custom)

Form Access Checker

The Form Access Checker answers 2 questions at once – Let’s look at this feature

  1. Open the form and go to Form Settings.


  2. In the Form Properties, look for Form access checker.


  3. Now, select the Security Role you want to check for and then the App you want to check. The Form Checker will show the Forms which satisfy either and both the criteria.


    Now with only Salesperson role, below are the forms which are applicable. Note that the App is not yet selected.

  4. Now, if you choose the App – the Form that matches both these will be selected.

  5. And it’ll show only the Forms which are applicable to both criteria. (Notice that the form we added in the Management App didn’t show up)

  6. Now, let’s give the Management Form we added Salesperson Security Role and see it satisfy the above criteria. You can now assign Roles to a Form within the Form designer itself.

  7. And if you check again, you’ll be able to conclude that the App we are looking for has both these forms for the Security Role you want to check




Hope this helps. Here are some more Dynamics 365 related posts you might want to check out –

  1. Use Rich-Text Control for Multiple Lines of Text in Dynamics 365 CE | Quick Tip
  2. Ribbon button visibility based on a field value in Dynamics 365 | Ribbon Workbench
  3. Find deprecated JS code used in your Dynamics 365 environment | Dynamics 365 v9 JS Validator tool | XrmToolBox
  4. Make On-Demand Flow to show up in Dynamics 365 | Power Automate
  5. Track and Set Regarding are disabled for Appointments in Dynamics 365 App For Outlook message | Demystified
  6. Get GUID of the current View in Dynamics 365 CRM JS from ribbon button | Ribbon Workbench
  7. Remove ‘This Email has been blocked due to potentially harmful content.’ message in Dynamics 365 Emails | OrgDbSettings utility
  8. Find Created On date of solution components in Solution Layers | Dynamics 365 [Quick Tip]
  9. Pass Execution Context to JS Script function as a parameter from a Ribbon button in Dynamics 365 | Ribbon Workbench
  10. Dynamics 365 App For Outlook missing on SiteMap in CRM? Use shortcut link [Quick Tip]

Thank you!!

Multi-select Items from Gallery and adding/removing them from Collections | Power Platform

Now, let’s say you want to be able to select a few Gallery Items and the same should be populated to a Gallery and even from Collection as well.

You can use this scenario if you want to create a Collection of some GUIDs/Account Names and then take separate action on it or handle it in some other context.

Add Check box in a Gallery

Let’s take a simple example-

  1. I added a Check Box in a simple Gallery list.


  2. Align as per your preference. It also comes with a Default “Option” label which you can remove.


  3. Now, there are 2 properties which you can use to add to a Collection and remove from the same collection.
    Let’s look at the first one – OnCheck


  4. Under OnCheck function, I’ll add the current item to the Collection (A new collection will be created if not already created)
    Blue denotes function used to create a Collection. Collect() function – Microsoft Documentation on the Collect() function – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/powerapps/maker/canvas-apps/functions/function-clear-collect-clearcollect?WT.mc_id=DX-MVP-5003911
    Green arrow denotes the name of the Collection I’m creating.
    Red arrow denotes the current Item from the Gallery control and the Account Name field which I want to populate in my collection.
    This will add the Account Name of the record to the Collection once the Check box is checked.


  5. Under OnUncheck function, I’ll add the formula to remove the current Item from the Collection.
    Blue denotes the function used to remove a value from the Collection. Microsoft Documentation of the same is here – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/powerapps/maker/canvas-apps/functions/function-remove-removeif?WT.mc_id=DX-MVP-5003911
    Green arrow denotes the name of the Collection from which I have to remove the value.
    Red arrow denotes the current Item which I had added to the Collection when the Box was checked. It’ll use the same reference.
    This will Remove the Account Name which was added to the Collection when the checkbox was checked.


    For simplicity, I’m taking Account Names to show in the Collection, you can create a structure in Collection and map Item values as per your needs.

Changes in Collection (Using Data table to visualize)

Just to show/visualize how the Collection will look when I interact with the Check boxes on the Gallery, I’ve added a Data table to keep the demonstration simple.



And populate the Items with the Collection’s Value. Because all the Account Names we added to Collection while marking Check box as Checked will fall under .Value

Working

As you select and unselect items from the Gallery, they are added to and removed from the Collection which is seen in the Data Table below.

Hope this helps!!

Here are some more Canvas Power Apps related posts you might want to check out –

  1. Setting Correct Default Mode for Forms in a Canvas App | [Quick Tip]
  2. Implement character length validation in a Canvas Power App | Power Platform
  3. Rating Control to represent data from Dataverse in a Canvas Power App | Power Platform
  4. Clear a field value & Reset Form in a Canvas Power App [Quick Tip]
  5. Get Dynamics 365 field metadata in a Canvas App using DataSourceInfo function | Common Data Service
  6. Debug Published Canvas Power App with other users using Monitor | Power Platform
  7. Download a File from a Canvas Power App using a button | Power Platform
  8. AddColumns() function to dynamically add columns to a Data table in Canvas Power App | SharePoint List
  9. Logged In User details in a Canvas Power App
  10. Dependent OptionSets in a Canvas Power App for 1:N related CDS entities | Power Platform
  11. Implement real-time search in Gallery of CDS records in a Canvas Power App | Power Platform
  12. Implementing Exit app, Logout and Confirm Exit features in a Canvas Power App

    Thank you!

Setting Correct Default Mode for Forms in a Canvas App | [Quick Tip]

If you are new to creating a Canvas App and you’ve just added a Form and when you try to run and test the same in the browser itself, you don’t see it.

So let’s say you’ve put a form like this

And all you see is this –

So this happens based on the Default Mode and whether the context is passed to the form depending on the type or not.

Default Mode

There are 3 Default Modes for a form and it’s critical which one should be used when –


1. Edit – To be used if you are creating a new record. While using this mode, make sure the Item (from a data source is passed to the Form itself. Else, you’ll see the same error message as above and won’t see a blank form in that case.)
The Item property should be pointed to pick .Selected i.e. typically, <GalleryName>.Selected.


Context of a record i.e. a Row should be passed on to this form for Edit mode i.e. an existing row to be passed on to this Form from the preceding Gallery/Table control (or any data source based on your implementation). For example – The context I send to the form looks like this.
The last parameter i.e. <GalleryName>.Selected is placed on the select button so that once clicked, it’ll send the record context over to the form so that the form is displaying the selected record (which is picked from Item property in the above screenshot)

2. New – New should be used if the Form you’ve inserted isn’t coming as a result of populating a selected record. But you will enter new values and Submit it the first time.
Once New is selected, the form will correctly render for you when you test or run the App once correct Mode is selected (i.e. you don’t intend to pass any context to the Form)

3. View – In this view, fields will not be visible and instead the data will be a result of the selected item from the List/Gallery view it is coming from i.e. a Data Row which will populate this form. This will be a Read-Only view.
Another form example where View is selected, fields won’t show up but this form would need Context to be passed to it just like in the New mode.

Hope this quick tip was useful.

Here are some more Dynamics 365 related posts you might want to check

  1. Find deprecated JS code used in your Dynamics 365 environment | Dynamics 365 v9 JS Validator tool | XrmToolBox
  2. Make On-Demand Flow to show up in Dynamics 365 | Power Automate
  3. Track and Set Regarding are disabled for Appointments in Dynamics 365 App For Outlook message | Demystified
  4. Cancelled Bookings Imported in Time Entries in Dynamics 365 PSA issue | [Quick Tip]
  5. Remove ‘This Email has been blocked due to potentially harmful content.’ message in Dynamics 365 Emails | OrgDbSettings utility
  6. Get GUID of the current View in Dynamics 365 CRM JS from ribbon button | Ribbon Workbench
  7. Get Dynamics 365 field metadata in a Canvas App using DataSourceInfo function | Common Data Service
  8. Dynamics 365 App For Outlook missing on SiteMap in CRM? Use shortcut link [Quick Tip]

Thank you!!

Rating Control to represent data from Dataverse in a Canvas Power App | Power Platform

Although, you can use Text based controls to represent data as is in a Canvas Power App. So why not go an extra mile to make it look more intuitive.

Scenario

Let’s say there are Accounts and you have some kind of Compliance Ratings on them to represent compliant they are based on certain criteria. Could be a Numeric value or Decimal value. But Rating Control represents only in Numeric i.e. Whole Numbers.

So, for this example, I’m using a Rating field which is of type Whole Number in Dynamics 365 on Account entity.

And the complete Dataset looks like this in Dynamics 365 / Dataverse.

Note: I tried with Decimal but it rounded the values hence, sticking to Whole Number.

Rating Control

  1. Let’s say below is the Gallery and you want to show Ratings in the form of stars instead of traditional numeric values.

  2. Now, let’s use Rating Control below the Names of the Accounts to show the Rating values. Select the first Row once you connect to the Common Data Service i.e. CDS / Dataverse Data Source and select the entity you want to populate it with. In this example, we are using Accounts. So my Gallery is populated with Accounts records.
    Select the first record and navigate to Insert tab and look for Input controls as shown below


    Now, look for Rating control.

  3. Once you select Rating, it’ll appear iteratively since it’ll be applied “For Each” of these records in your Gallery control.


  4. I’ve just rearranged them under the name to make them look proper.

  5. Let’s make it Read Only by changing the behavior, so that the Users don’t accidently touch and set a value during Runtime. Although, this won’t affect the actual data but the representation will be incorrect in that case.

  6. Also, the Max will represent the length of your Rating whereas the Default value are kept to 0 in case the field value is not set at Source. (I think 1 would still be misrepresenting)

  7. Now, I’ll connect this Control to the Data Source’s field i.e. Rating field on the Account entity that represents the Rating value.
    On the Default, I’m setting ThisItem.Rating where ThisItem represents the Row of the Account i.e. the Account record itself and Rating is the field in Dynamics 365’s Account entity which we saw in the scenario above.


  8. And that’s it. You can Save and Publish your App and Run it.

Rating values

Now that we’ve added the Rating Control, let’s Run our App and see how it represents the data from your Accounts entity.

And the Ratings represent the below data –

Hope this was useful!

Here are some more Canvas Power Apps posts you might want to check –

  1. Clear a field value & Reset Form in a Canvas Power App [Quick Tip]
  2. Get Dynamics 365 field metadata in a Canvas App using DataSourceInfo function | Common Data Service
  3. Debug Published Canvas Power App with other users using Monitor | Power Platform
  4. Download a File from a Canvas Power App using a button | Power Platform
  5. AddColumns() function to dynamically add columns to a Data table in Canvas Power App | SharePoint List
  6. Implement real-time search in Gallery of CDS records in a Canvas Power App | Power Platform
  7. Implement character length validation in a Canvas Power App | Power Platform
  8. Log Canvas Power App telemetry data in Azure Application Insights | Power Apps
  9. Call HTTP Request from a Canvas Power App using Flow and get back Response | Power Automate
  10. Send a Power App Push Notification using Flow to open a record in Canvas App | Power Automate
  11. Dependent OptionSets in a Canvas Power App for 1:N related CDS entities | Power Platform
  12. Restore older version of a Canvas Power App | Power Platform

Thank you!!

There are missing dependencies. Install the following solutions before installing this one: “Active” | Connection References missing in Power Platform Solution

While importing and Unmanaged Solution into another environment, you must’ve come across these error messages like “There are missing dependencies. Install the following solutions before installing this one: “Active”

Now, there are various factors as to why this error is seen. I’ll try to cover one of them. Missing Connection References! Let’s take a look.

So, out of other reasons, one could by that there are some Flow’s Connection References that are not yet added to the Solution when it was exported out.

Error on Import

Let’s say you trying to import this Unmanaged Solution in an environment.

  1. This is your Source Solution which you want to Export and Unmanaged and Import into other environment.

  2. You see the following error on Import.

  3. Now, there are many other reasons why you are getting this error. But, in this case, it’s about missing Connection References from the Source Solution

Adding Connection Reference

In my case, it was missing adding the Connection References in the Source Solution, so here’s what I did –

  1. Go to the Add existing in your source Solution

  2. Look for Connection Reference (preview)

  3. When I add that, I can select what all Connection References are available to add.
    Here, you’ll have to select all those Connection References which you have utilized in your Solution Components.
    To understand more on Connection References, here’s a post by Alex Shlega’s posts on Connection Reference – https://www.itaintboring.com/powerapps/connection-references/

  4. When you click that, it’s added behind the scenes. Now, export the Unmanaged Solution again.



Re-Importing into Source Instance

Now, In your Source Instance, re-import this newest Unmanaged Solution.

  1. Now, importing the 1.0.0.2 version, you’ll see no issues.

  2. And when you click next, you’ll be asked to Create a Connection right away

  3. In this example, I’m supposed to create a CDS (Current Environment) connection. Because that’s what I had selected as a Connection Reference while exporting from the Source Instance.

    Skipping a few intermediate steps. My connection is created as below.

  4. Going back to the Import tab where I was importing the Solution, I’ll just refresh as directed.

  5. Any my Connection is available.

  6. I can just continue to Import as usual and it’ll be imported.

Hope this helps!

Here are some more Power Platform related posts you might want to check out –

  1. Using triggerBody() / triggerOutput() to read CDS trigger metadata attributes in a Flow | Power Automate
  2. Send a Power App Push Notification using Flow to open a record in Canvas App | Power Automate
  3. Count of total CDS records returned in a Canvas Power App connection [Quick Tip]
  4. Call HTTP Request from a Canvas Power App using Flow and get back Response | Power Automate
  5. Implement character length validation in a Canvas Power App | Power Platform
  6. Accept HTTP Requests in a Flow and send Response back | Power Automate
  7. Terminate a Flow with Failed/Cancelled status | Power Automate
  8. Generate Dynamics 365 record link in a Flow using CDS connector | Power Automate
  9. Launch URL on a Data Table Text column selection in a Canvas PowerApp | SharePoint Lists
  10. Get Dynamics 365 field metadata in a Canvas App using DataSourceInfo function | Common Data Service
  11. Call a Dynamics 365 Action from Flow [Bound and Unbound Actions] | Power Automate
  12. Setting Retry Policy for an HTTP request in a Flow | Power Automate

Thank you!!