New App Designer for Model-Driven Apps | Power Platform

The new Model Driven App Designer experience has been enabled and has been doing the rounds for a few days now. Here’s my take on the same to demystify and bring forward a quick example of a Model-Driven App capabilities.

I’ll keep enriching this post in the future as more enhancements come to this new experience! As of now, this is in preview, so kindly keep a note of that!

Let’s review further!

Create a new Model-Driven App

Here’s how you go about creating the new Model-Driven App using the new App Designer –

  1. In your portal, create a new Solution and then go inside the Solution to create a New Model Driven App as shown below

  2. Then, select the Modern App Designer (Preview)

    And give it a suitable name.

Editing the SiteMap in the New Model App Designer

Here’s how you go about adding new Entities to the SiteMap in the new Model App Designer experience. Navigation section

  1. I can click on New Page to start adding my first Page. Out of a Dashboard and Table, I’ve chosen to add a Table.

  2. Now, if you look at the right hand-side of the page, you should be able to select what you want to add here.

    And I’ll select Account Table.

  3. I’ll also rename the Title to to Customers.

  4. Now, I look at the left hand side, my App begins to take shape and I can then also change the Group and Area names like you would do in a Site Map.

  5. I’ve also renamed the Area to Sales now.


Now, let’s see what all Components can be added to the App. Pages is where you can either add Entities directly or edit the ones which you added in the Navigation section above.

  1. Now, if you go to the Pages section, you’ll be able to expand into the navigation and choose the components yourself.

  2. Now, if you select the Account form (as selected in the step above), look on the right hand side to be able to select which all Forms you want to add to the App. If you don’t select anything, all forms will be selected by default.

  3. Now, let’s select a couple of Forms.

    And those will be added.

  4. Same goes for Views as well. I’ve added 2 Views as shown below

    Note: Ideally, the WYSIWYG Preview should show only the components I added, but it shows me everything. Perhaps, this is work in progress.

    Along with that, there are Known Limitations at this point since this is in Preview.


Also, if you expand data, as of now only the ones added to you app is shown. Nothing much happens here. I’ll update this area once more features are added in the near future.

Hope this post was useful!

Here are some more useful posts you might want to check –

  1. Rich Text Control for Canvas and Model-Driven App | Quick Tip
  2. Form Access Checker in new Power Apps Form Designer | Model-Driven Apps in Dynamics 365
  3. How to add Rating Values to Rating Models in D365 Field Service and PSA
  4. D365 Quick Tip: Simple & Detailed Mode in Advanced Find
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  6. Transition effect on Gallery Items when hovered over in a Canvas Power App | [Quick Tip]
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  9. Change the Unified Interface App Icons
  10. Custom Help Pages and Guided Tasks for Unified Interface in Dynamics 365

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!!