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ErikH63
Resolver I
Resolver I

Auto-complete on existing text input field on a Canvas form?

Hello,

 

Does anyone know if it is possible to have an auto-complete feature in a canvas app for an existing text input field.  The only thing that I could find was if the text input was changed to a combo box,  but that will be rather painful, and I am worried about doing anything to the large amount of data that is already in the list.

 

So I was wondering if there is anything simpler that could be done.

 

Thanks in advance for any help.

   -Erik

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Hi @ErikH63 ,'

Unfortunately, Power Apps does not have a "field memory" like that. You could consider a drop-down based on a Distinct list of previous values, but there are potential Delegation issues there.

I generally maintain a list of Projects (which are maintained manually) and restrict the user to choosing from the list.

 

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WarrenBelz
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@ErikH63 ,

What do you want to auto-complete the field with? The Default of the control can be set to anything you like and can also be conditional  on the form mode (new/edit etc)

I guess I am not sure what the right word to describe it is, I assumed auto-complete.   The app asks the user to enter a project name, and details, which are stored in a list. What I am looking for is when the user enters the name of the project the text field offers suggestions based on all the other project names that were entered in the past. 

 

I am trying to do this to prevent a new project from being created if a user types in the name of an existing project with a slight change, for example, an extra space between the project name, or a capitalized letter.  I figure that if there are suggestions as they type they might see that there is already an entry and chose that one.  

 

For example, we have projects that have different fab numbers, so I am trying to avoid a Project_A1/Fab1 and a Project_a1/Fab2.  This creates two entries as opposed to putting fab2 in  Project_A1.

 

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Hi @ErikH63 ,'

Unfortunately, Power Apps does not have a "field memory" like that. You could consider a drop-down based on a Distinct list of previous values, but there are potential Delegation issues there.

I generally maintain a list of Projects (which are maintained manually) and restrict the user to choosing from the list.

 

Please click Accept as solution if my post helped you solve your issue. This will help others find it more readily. It also closes the item. If the content was useful in other ways, please consider giving it Thumbs Up.

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Thank you @WarrenBelz, now at least I know that I can stop the search.  Unfortunately I cannot do a drop-down since there are new projects created all the time without my knowledge, so I need the user to be able to add their own.

 

   -Erik 

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