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AutoSave is Broken - Automatically and Instantly Saves After Every Minor Edit! Slows Down Editing, Can't Disable!

In the last few months, I have noticed new behavior with AutoSave within a canvas app.

I have the 2-minute AutoSave setting enabled, however every edit I make to anything in the app causes AutoSave to run again immediately! I believe this is a bug or unintended behavior.

This causes a massive reduction in performance. Even minor edits hang up while the app is trying to save. I do not want the app to save instantly with every single edit! Why would I want that? I have tried disabling AutoSave entirely, but the setting is stuck. The setting description is "Save changes every 2 minutes. This is a browser level setting". Does that mean some kind of cached value may be preventing me from disabling the setting? If I disable it, there are two things I notice: 1) the app continues instantly autosaving anyway and 2) the setting will be reenabled if I close and reopen the app.

Is this a bug?

Also, another thing I just noticed is that (after accidentally clicking some unknown function keys while setting down a can of Red Bull next to my keyboard and watching the screen change, thus making me think I had somehow performed an unknown edit to the code I had open at the time) clicking undo seems to be able to backtrack to changes not made in the current session! I had just opened the app and had made no changes aside from whatever might have happened when I accidentally pressed F3 or F4 or some other unknown key combination. The OnSelect code for a button I was about to edit blinked on my screen like I had just triggered some change. I clicked the undo button and was immediately transported to a screen to which I had not even navigated yet! It was as if the undo button was affecting changes made in an entirely different session. I continued clicking the undo button several times and watched as the selected field in a form input would change with each click. I couldn't be sure if clicking undo was actually changing any code. I don't remember recently editing these particular form fields (and I'm the only maker or editor of this app). I kept clicking undo and each time I would click, the selected form input field would change! I had not even navigated to the page within the canvas app containing this particular form during this session, let alone edited any of these fields. Clicking the redo button seemed to do nothing. So, I'm not sure that any changes were in fact applied by the undo button, but I exited the app and restored from the previous save just to be sure. And of course, autosave was firing off a new save every time I would do anything (undo, redo, etc.).

Power Apps team: what have you done? None of these things used to happen. AutoSave used to only run every 2 minutes and the undo button was not capable of backtracking to changes made during a different session.

Something is broken. Please fix.

EDIT: Tried disabling AutoSave, then closing and reopening app again for the first time in a month or so, and this time it seems to have applied the setting change. I swear I have recently tried disabling AutoSave numerous times only to find that it would be reenabled upon reopening the app. We shall see how this improves performance but suffice it to say the AutoSave functionality is broken if every minor edit triggers a new AutoSave!

Super User
Super User

Yah, I have not experienced any issues like this. Not sure what is going on with yours. Maybe put in a ticket

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It's apparently a common issue with large apps: see this thread, and specifically this comment.

Super User
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Yah then, if you are outside of Microsofts recommended usage of the platform you will have issues. See Here

Not so much an issue as it is how this platform is designed. It's running in a web browser and every single control in an app is a separate thing the browser has to load etc. Microsoft is limited by what your browser is capable of more or less. More Controls does not make an app better, just more complex. Almost always a simpler way to achieve ones goal, which in the end is better for the end user.

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Do you think you're being helpful?

I've read the coding standards document verbatim. I know what I'm doing is heavy duty. But until fairly recently, the editor was not nearly this laggy for me. Without changing much in my canvas app, the editor has gotten substantially laggier in the last few months.

Read the thread I linked to. Read the threads found with a cursory Google search by @mwbyrtie:


To any Microsoft support staff reading this - you have a problem, which cuts off developers' ability to build serious apps, that actually can be used for more than just handle a simple process. Please fix this.


Many before me have raised this issue - here's 15 examples from a "Power Apps Studio Slow"-google search, where I only looked at the first 3 pages:



@TheRobRush wrote:

Not so much an issue as it is how this platform is designed.

^LOL, you're funny. Have you considered standup?

But seriously, don't reply to this thread again unless you have solutions. You're wasting my time.

I didn't post here to be lectured about why I should use fewer controls. If it were possible to significantly reduce the number of controls, I would do so. And it probably is to some degree, but guess what: the editor will be laggy as all hell while I'm doing that. The number of controls is not the issue, not when the same number of controls was previously not a problem. I have ~3,000 controls apparently, but this is a full CRM with multiple APIs and multiple SharePoint lists, with functionality split across eight screens. It runs invoices, it dispatches shipments, it washes your dishes and feeds the cat too.

Microsoft has recently made some improvements to Power Apps, and I suspect that those recent updates have worsened the lagginess for sprawling apps like mine. Reversing the trend of having too many controls is a whole lot more difficult when every minor change suddenly takes half a minute or more to resolve as error-free. Three months ago that was not the case. The controls-footprint of my app has not increased noticeably in that time. If anything, it may have been reduced. Microsoft needs to fix this on their end if they want to empower serious development on the Power Fx platform.

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