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Combo box "Selected" empty even if value exists in DefaultSelectedItems when loading form

Hi Community,

I have a form connected to SharePoint, and a combo box drawing a long list of items

Basically, when someone selects an item in the Combo Box and saved the form, next time it loads the following happens:

Combo Box loads the previously selected value as i set the "DefaultSelectedItems" value to [Parent.Value]

However "ComboBox.Selected.Result" does not show any value when inserted on a label (RED label in the image below)

I use this basically to generate some information based on the selection. It worked well on the DropDown but now I am totally lost with the Combo Box type

Anyone help? Below screenshot for reference:

 

combobox.png

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So I was able to fix this using a workaround, this is what i did:

Add a label inside the Data Card, let's call that "INTERNAL_LABEL" and use the below formula in the "TEXT" property to reference the default value if the ComboBox selected items was blank (usually the case if loading an existing item with the DefaultSelectedItems property)

TEXT property of INTERNAL_LABEL

 

 

If(IsBlank(combobox.Selected.Result), Parent.Default, combobox.Selected.Result)

 

 

I then create an external label "EXTERNAL_LABEL" and reference the the result of the "INTERNAL_LABEL" to it

TEXT property of the "EXTERNAL_LABEL"

 

 

'INTERNAL_LABEL.Text'

 

 

Works like a charm, just not the best way to do it I guess
Hope this could be helpful for anyone else stuck with this situation

Thanks

Luka

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@Anonymous 

What is the Items property of your combo box?

 

Can you put the items code into a collection so we can view the Table?

ClearCollect(tempCollection,
    your_items_code_here
)

 

The collections viewer can be found on the view tab at the top of the screen

 

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Anonymous
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Hello @mdevaney ,

 

Can you have a look at my issue too.

 

https://powerusers.microsoft.com/t5/General-Power-Automate/Send-email-with-multiple-attachments-from... 

 

Thanks in advance,

Sanket

Anonymous
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hI @mdevaney 

Thank you for responding back so promptly.

Just to recap my issue once again, I choose a value in a ComboBox (I can see the value correctly shown when i reference my value in a label), save the form and close it.

When i reload that item, the ComboBox shows my selected value however if I reference the ComboBox.Selected.Result into a label it shows blank.

 

Please see the information below for reference:

ComboBox Items Code (It is already pulling values from an existing collection):

 

SortByColumns( Distinct(Filter(PASSPORTLIST, COUNTRY = COUNTRYDROPDOWN.Selected.Result), EMPLOYEENAME0),"Result", Ascending)

 

 

I've also Put my code into a collection, and it looks like no filters are being applied, instead the entire table is fetched instead of the previously selected item, below image for reference:

TEMPCOLLECTION.png

 

Also, this is how it looks like when I make a change on the ComboBox, label reflects immediately:

combobox selected.png

Anonymous
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So I was able to fix this using a workaround, this is what i did:

Add a label inside the Data Card, let's call that "INTERNAL_LABEL" and use the below formula in the "TEXT" property to reference the default value if the ComboBox selected items was blank (usually the case if loading an existing item with the DefaultSelectedItems property)

TEXT property of INTERNAL_LABEL

 

 

If(IsBlank(combobox.Selected.Result), Parent.Default, combobox.Selected.Result)

 

 

I then create an external label "EXTERNAL_LABEL" and reference the the result of the "INTERNAL_LABEL" to it

TEXT property of the "EXTERNAL_LABEL"

 

 

'INTERNAL_LABEL.Text'

 

 

Works like a charm, just not the best way to do it I guess
Hope this could be helpful for anyone else stuck with this situation

Thanks

Luka

Anonymous
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Hi,

 

I think I was able to solve this by using the DataCard.Default property. That way, you won't have to create additional text fields and reference those.

 

If(IsBlank(ComboBox.Selected.Result);ComboBox_DataCard.Default;ComboBox.Selected.Result)

 

Best,

Bastiaan 

JasonWS
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I know this is a super old issue, but I ran into the same thing. Every time I tried to edit an item, it told me the field was required, even though an item in the ComboBox was already selected. My combobox is sourced from a collection of countries that is gathered at the start of the app. The column in SharePoint is just a simple text column.

 

My problem was the DefaultItems property on the ComboBox.  I had mine set to {Value: Parent.Default} but since the only column inside the collection is titled "Country," this failed, even though it showed as visually selected. As soon as I changed the property to {Country: Parent.Default}, all is well.

I did the same thing but instead of adding a text label to the data card, I inserted that formula straight into the Update property of the said data card. This works like a charm.

 

The one catch is that if a user is trying to edit a record and they want to remove the value instead of changing it, they won't be able to do so since the update property formula is evaluating for the blank combo box then returning the original value. So if the user clears the combo box thinking they are removing the value, the update property will evaluate and insert the original value instead of the blank value.

AdrianTunley
Frequent Visitor

I am seeing the same issue but not using datacards but combobox and patch to do the update. The If(IsBlank.. check works with the exception of a multi-select.  If a second item is selected the formula only returns that and not the original. This issue is a real nuisance 🙂 any suggestions would be very much appreciated..

DanMarkTyson
Regular Visitor

It would be nice to have a robust solution to this. I have to find a unique workaround given how my application is built every time. Did anyone ever figure a robust solution out? 

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