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BUG: Functions Lost when Grouping / Ungrouping Controls

After a long day of PowerApping and making great progress on a complex app, I ran into a HUGE snag. 


I think maybe all Grouped elements receive the same Visibility when Grouped. This is not GOOD. Especially if you have Controls with custom visibility set.


  • I use the asterisks on form fields to drive a progress bar
  • The asterisk visibility depends on a variable and the content of the field (IsBlank, etc.)
  • After a bunch of work on other areas of the app, I revisited the form and noticed progress bar was not working
  • Looked at each asterisk and ALL OF THE AND FUNCTIONS I had created to control visiblitly were gone and only the variable name remained. 
  • 2018-06-26_17-35-48.png
  • THE GOOD: 
    • I was able to CTRL+Z my way back to the critical change (about 100 CTRL + Z's !) and copy down all my AND functions into a OneNote
    • 2018-06-26_17-30-37.png
  • THE BAD: 
    • When attempting to CTRL + Y my way back to current state, the app got stuck in a loop and just says "Redoing changes" every 6-7 times I click CTRL + Y. 
    • I lost a lot of diverse work (creating new vars, creating new menus, etc.) that is going to be hard to redo

Be careful when grouping / ungrouping items, you may lose custom Visibility you set on individual controls. 

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Re: BUG: Functions Lost when Grouping / Ungrouping Controls

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Re: BUG: Functions Lost when Grouping / Ungrouping Controls

Looking closer at this...


Originally each Control had something to the effect of: 

    dropdown.Selected.Value = " ")

The issue occurred after renaming "varNewPopup" to "varNewEvalPopup" and Grouping a bunch of Controls together. Not sure which action was actually responsible. 

Community Support Team
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Re: BUG: Functions Lost when Grouping / Ungrouping Controls

Hi @ericonline,


Could you please share a bit more about the issue within your app?


I have made a test on my side and don't have the issue that you mentioned. Please take a try to modify your formula as below:

    dropdown.Selected.Value = " "

If you have renamed your variable name, please also modify the variable name within the formula where you reference to the variable.


Best regards,


Community Support Team _ Kris Dai
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Re: BUG: Functions Lost when Grouping / Ungrouping Controls

Hi @v-xida-msft. Thank you for the response. 


The bug is: 

  • The control WAS originally set to: 
    • And(
          dropdown.Selected.Value = " "
  • With all controls NOT visible, I changed the variable name from varNewEvalPopup to varNewEval AND ungrouped/regrouped the applicable Controls
  • THEN later when working with the Controls again, ALL original code was overwritten by the new variable name ONLY
  • All original code shown above was GONE and only varNewEval was set.


I've been able to duplicate this on my end. 

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