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Combobox search wildcard



Previously when I created a combobox to test with Item Property: ["pineapple", "pinecone", "pine", "apple"] I was able to search for "pin" and pineapple, pine, pinecone is return in dropdown or "apple" will show apple and pineapple in dropdown.


Now I connect the combobox to my SP list I was not able to search the same way - I have to type the pattern in exact order else nothing shows up. 


My SP list contains the same choices behind it. 


Is there a work around for this so that I can search for wildcards ?


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Super User III
Super User III

Hi @miss_haley ,

Not sure what your issue is - see below


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Hi @WarrenBelz 

I am not sure how to make a gif to give example but hopefully my screenshot can explain.


Here I have a list of branches, there are three options which has "Cross Dock" in them.


search button.PNG


When I type in "Cross" nothing shows up:

search cross.PNG

It only works if I start with exactly the same letters



How can I make it so it doesn't do exact matches and function like your gif example?


That will work until you get more than 2k items In the list.  

hi @Drrickryp do u have an alternative I do have another column with 1400 choices.

Hi @miss_haley ,

Agree with @Drrickryp , however you should not need to do that to get the result.  The in filter is not Delegable, although I am surprised your current filter did not work if you have your limit in Advanced Settings set to more than the number of items you are searching.

I have just done a test on a 2000 item drop-down and got a search result as expected. I assume you have "Allow Searching" turned on the in the Combo Box.


@WarrenBelzThanks for testing and replying to me.


I have change settings as you said - but the search still only does exact match from the start. It is strange because few days ago this was working fine. Maybe I broke something in the app - but for the moment I will use the filter solution as I am on a limited time frame to give this solution. 


I just started to use power apps so I am unsure how to tackle these problems. 


@miss_haley- Are you by any chance in a GCC tenant? I have the same problem doing searches in combo boxes. The solution you found works perfectly for me, so thank you for that find! Since my list won't go above 50 I'm not concerned with size.




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