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tagustin2020
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Deep Link to Record

@PowerAddict 

 

Hello,

 

I am attempting to follow a tutorial by the great Shane Young on deep linking to a specific record, but am having trouble. I'm tagging Hardit, but would welcome help from anyone if he is otherwise occupied. 

 

Here is my OnStart formula:

Set(varProjectID, Value(Param("ProjectID")));If(varProjectID<>0, Set(varRecord, LookUp('Tool Design Support Requests',ID=varProjectID));Navigate('Edit Request Screen'))

 

Here is my gallery nav icon formula where the varRecord variable is set:

Set(varRecord,ThisItem);Navigate('Edit Request Screen',Transition.None)

 

And finally, here is the OnSuccess formula of my form which resides on the Edit Request Screen. The formula works in the sense that it sends the email with the proper formatting, but when the link is clicked it takes me to the home screen of the app versus the edit screen for the record. 

 

I have removed the actual GUID and Tenant ID references for the sake of confidentiality, but of course they are present in the app. This screen has 4 tabs/4 forms so I would love to deposit the user on the Designer tab if possible. Can you let me know if that is a possibility?

 

If(Not(varProjectStatus = varNewProjectStatus),
Office365Outlook.SendEmailV2(varUser.Email,"Tool Support Design Request: " & txtRequestTitle.Text & " project status has changed",
"The status of your tool design support request has changed to " & varNewProjectStatus & ". Here is a <a href='https://apps.powerapps.com/play/GUIDSTRING?tenantId=TENANTID&ProjectID=" & varRecord.ID & "'>link to the project</a>. Please take a look at your earliest convenience.",{Importance:"High"}))

 

The correct Project Name comes through in the email and the correct Project ID is in the url of the link (Chicken Coop SharePoint ID is 170) so I feel like I am close. I've attached screenshots of the email and url for your review. If you could help me get over the last hurdle, I would be very grateful. 

 

Kind regards,

Teresa

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Anonymous
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@tagustin2020 

I've followed the same video with success and your code seems to be correct. Two things I could think of to check would be:

 

1. Is your listed OnStart code the first, or only, code snippet in your App OnStart? It needs to go first, and

2. Check that the ID parameter is being set to a Value. It should be because your code uses Value() but you could check this with a label using varProjectID - 1 and make sure the output equals 169 and not -1

 

To answer you other question, are you saying you have one screen with 4 tabs using 4 forms? If so, my guess is you are using variables to hide/show these forms so you would just need to set the correct variable to land the user on the Designer tab. Definitely doable.

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@Anonymous 

@WarrenBelz 

 

Hello,

 

Thank you so much for your advice. I was able to get the deep links working today. Here is a recap of what worked for any other folks who come across this post while trying to sort out deep links. You mentioned things that aren't in the tutorials I referenced below so they were key to my success. I can't thank you enough!

 

LINK TO NEW REQUEST FORM

Video recommendation: April Dunnam’s Deep Linking tutorial

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZyxlYtzqTQ

 

Step 1: I went to the Details screen of my app and clicked on the url. I added &hidenavbar=true&DeepLink=NewRequestForm to the end of it.

 

Step 2: I went to the OnStart property of my app and entered:

If(Param(“DeepLink”)=”NewRequestForm”,Navigate(frmNewRequest),Navigate(Home Screen))

 

Things to be aware of:

 

  • If you type your formula in Word first or try to copy/paste from some other source, note that PowerApps doesn’t translate Word doc quotation marks very well so you have to delete them in PowerApps and re-enter them in order for this to work.
  • Deep Links must also be entered at the start of the formula in order to work.
  • PowerApps is case sensitive.

Step 3: I went to my SharePoint site and created a new page. I entered a note into the default Text webpart and then added a “Call to Action” webpart. I inserted the deep link to the new form into the webpart and chose a stock image for the background.

 

LINK TO A SPECIFIC RECORD

Video recommendation: Shane Young's Deep Linking tutorial

 

Step 1: I modified the url to include &hidenavbar=true&varRecord= at the end of it.

Step 2: I added an email formula to the OnSuccess property of my form.

 

OnSuccess formula:

 

If(

    Not(varProjectStatus = varNewProjectStatus),

    Office365Outlook.SendEmailV2(

        varUser.Email,

        "Tool Support Design Request: " & txtRequestTitle.Text & " project status has changed",

        "The status of your tool design support request has changed to " & varNewProjectStatus & ". Here is a <a href='https://apps.powerapps.com/play/myGUIDandtenantIDdeletedforprivacy&hidenavbar=true&ProjectID=

"& varRecord.ID & "'>link to the project</a>. Please check the Designer and Comments tabs for more details.",

        {Importance: "High"}

    )

)

 

Step 3: Enter the following formula into the OnStart property of the App:

 

Set(varProjectID,

    Value(Param("ProjectID")));

If(varProjectID <> 0,

    Set(varRecord,LookUp('Tool Design Support Requests',ID = varProjectID));

    Navigate(EditScreen));

 

Things to be aware of:

  • varRecord is set in the navigation arrow of my gallery - clicking the arrow takes you to the record. Here is the OnSelect formula: Set(varRecord,ThisItem);Navigate(EditScreen,Transition.None)
  • The Item property of my form is varRecord
  • The Text property formula of my header label on the Edit screen is: "Project: " & varRecord.'Request Summary Title'
  • My deep link variable was varProjectID, but you can name yours whatever you want

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Anonymous
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@tagustin2020 

I've followed the same video with success and your code seems to be correct. Two things I could think of to check would be:

 

1. Is your listed OnStart code the first, or only, code snippet in your App OnStart? It needs to go first, and

2. Check that the ID parameter is being set to a Value. It should be because your code uses Value() but you could check this with a label using varProjectID - 1 and make sure the output equals 169 and not -1

 

To answer you other question, are you saying you have one screen with 4 tabs using 4 forms? If so, my guess is you are using variables to hide/show these forms so you would just need to set the correct variable to land the user on the Designer tab. Definitely doable.

Hello @Anonymous 

 

Thank you so much for the advice. Changing the order of the OnStart formula components did the trick. In regards to getting the form to open up on the right screen. You are correct in assuming that my tabs and forms operate on variables. The Visible property for the Designer form where I want them to land is set to varFormTab="Designer". My entire OnStart formula can be found below. How do I work the Designer tab/form variable into the formula? Also, I use Concurrent in the OnStart formula, but when I tried to enter the Deep Link portion of the formula after Concurrent, I got red squigglies (even though I changed the semi-colons to commas). Is there a more performant way to structure this OnStart formula?

 

Set(varProjectID,Value(Param("ProjectID")));If(varProjectID<>0,Set(varRecord,LookUp('Tool Design Support Requests',ID=varProjectID));Navigate('Edit Request Screen'));Concurrent(Set(varUser,User()),Set(varColors,{TealDark:RGBA(0,98,129,1),TealBright:RGBA(28,181,216,1),GrayCharcoal:RGBA(62,67,74,1),GrayMedium:RGBA(215,215,215,1),GrayLight:RGBA(245,245,245,1)}),Set(isAdmin,CountRows('Tool Request Admins')>0),ClearCollect(colRequests,'Tool Design Support Requests'),ClearCollect(colStatus,"Status All"));Collect(colStatus,Choices('Tool Design Support Requests'.'Request Status'))

 

Thank you,

Teresa

Hi @Anonymous 

 

After my last reply to you, I inserted a label after I realized that the right records aren't being returned. Sure enough it came up as a -1. How do I fix that issue?

 

Kind regards,

Teresa

Anonymous
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@tagustin2020 

insíde the If() part of your Deep Linking code, set the Designer variable before you Navigate ie

 

If(varProjectID<>0,

       Set(varRecord,LookUp('Tool Design Support Requests',ID=varProjectID));

       Set(varFormTab, "Designer");

       Navigate('Edit Request Screen'))

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Hi @tagustin2020, just saw this. You are already in the safe hands of @Anonymous, so you should be good 🙂 

 

Thanks,

Hardit

Hello,

 

I updated the OnStart formula to include the reference to the variable, but it is still going to the Request tab. I'm sorry I didn't notice the ID mismatch before. I could have sworn that was working, but it is not working now. Thank you for the testing label tip. Not sure if you saw my other note, but it is coming back as -1. I've attached a screenshot of the ID mismatch. The header label is correct, the form is not. No matter what item I click in the gallery, the forms are pointing to Chicken Coop (ID-170) which happens to be the first item in the SharePoint list (I deleted earlier entries). Again, I apologize for the creep in scope on this question.

 

Header label formula:

"Project: " & galHome.Selected.'Request Summary Title'

 

Gallery nav icon OnSelect formula:

Set(varRecord,ThisItem);Navigate('Edit Request Screen',Transition.None)

 

The Item property for each one of my forms:

varRecord

 

New OnStart formula with variable:

Set(varProjectID,Value(Param("ProjectID")));If(varProjectID<>0,Set(varRecord,LookUp('Tool Design Support Requests',ID=varProjectID));Set(varFormTab, “Designer”);Navigate('Edit Request Screen'));Concurrent(Set(varUser,User()),Set(varColors,{TealDark:RGBA(0,98,129,1),TealBright:RGBA(28,181,216,1),GrayCharcoal:RGBA(62,67,74,1),GrayMedium:RGBA(215,215,215,1),GrayLight:RGBA(245,245,245,1)}),Set(isAdmin,CountRows('Tool Request Admins')>0),ClearCollect(colRequests,'Tool Design Support Requests'),ClearCollect(colStatus,"Status All"));Collect(colStatus,Choices('Tool Design Support Requests'.'Request Status'))

 

Let me know if there is any other info you need in order to troubleshoot this.

 

Thank you,

Teresa

Anonymous
Not applicable

@tagustin2020 

Make sure you are testing that label from your email and not inside your App Dev.

That label check I recommended will only show 169 if you are sending ID=170 via the email, otherwise it will show -1.

 

Apologies if I created any confusion.

Yes, @Anonymous is great. I'm sure he'll be able to help me reach a resolution. Thanks for checking in. Have a great day! Teresa

No problem Eelman. I'm just happy to have your help! I put the label into the email and it is displaying as -1. I sent an email from the Coax Tip screen and as you can see, it is showing up as Chicken Coop, the first item in the list. I've attached screenshots of the email I received and the app view I am taken to when I click the link in the email.

 

The results are the opposite of what I get if I navigate the app directly. The emailed version is correct in the URL ID and the Form that is displayed, but the header label is wrong. 

 

Kind regards,

Teresa

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