Showing results for 
Search instead for 
Did you mean: 

Having trouble using context variable in app to show/ hide datacards.

I have several screens setup with different forms, I want the data cards sorted / hidden unless an icon is pressed, The icons are in a gallery, here are a few pictures, the onselect property of one of the icons is: UpdateContext({IconPeople_1:true}) I want to set the visiblitly of datacards based on the icon selected, 

I set the context variable to the Icons (pictures to show what i am doing), and set the visible property of the datacard to this: If(IconPeople_1, SelectedIcon, true, false),,

The form is in edit mode, there are so many questions in 

I'll need to do this for 3 more forms but getting the first one to work correctly will help greatly.


Accepted Solutions

Ok thank you for the screenshots @nor3msti! We found the root cause.


A big advantage to using a gallery is that you don't have to add a control (in this case an icon) for each value - you can simply use one and leverage the Items property. What I would recommend is the following:


(1) Remove all icons except 1 (keep the first one)

(2) Set the Gallery TemplateSize property to 60

(3) Use the following Items property:



(4) Set the Icon's Icon property to:


(5) Set the Icon's Color property to:


(6) Use the following Icon OnSelect property:

UpdateContext({varSelectedIcon: ThisItem.Icon})

(7) The DataCard Visible property should now no longer give an error

(8) Optionally you may need to change the Width of the Gallery


If this solves your question, would you be so kind as to accept it as a solution & give it a thumbs up.


View solution in original post



I just noticed you are also using a Component. We will have to make some slight adjustments starting from step 6:


(6) Do not use UpdateContext but use Set:

Set(varSelectedIcon: ThisItem.Icon)

 (7) Click on the component, on the right property panel select 'New Custom Property'

  • Name the custom property IconValue
  • Select 'Output' as property type
  • Data type 'Text'

(8) Select the component again (in the component tab) and select IconValue in the property dropdown on the top left corner

(9) Set the IconValue property to varSelectedIcon

(10) Change the DataCard Visible property to (e.g. People icon):

ComponentControlName.IconValue = Icon.People


I hope this helps!

View solution in original post

Multi Super User
Multi Super User

U Can group all the edits and have a variable name for them 
When an icon is selected ({IconPeople_1: true, OtherVaribales ; false })
The assigned each group its corresponding variables 

Multi Super User
Multi Super User


UpdateContext({A: true, B:false, C: false, 😧 false}) on one icon
UpdateContext({A: false, B:true, C: false, 😧 false}) on another icon 
UpdateContext({A: false, B:false, C: true, 😧 false}) on another icon

I was going to duplicate the other forms differently, i just need this one to work correctly so I know how to proceed further, Do I need to have a different context variable for each icon, or should I do a global variable to use throughout the app?

Multi Super User
Multi Super User

 Since they are different forms using the update context will be better than a global variable and i advise to try out components for your menu this can be re-used on different screens without needing to rewrite the codes all the the time 

Thank you, I will try this, 

This scenario isnt working, no erros so I am missing something, here is what i have for updatecontext on icons

UpdateContext({IconPeople_1:true, IconVehicles_1:false, IconLists_1:false, IconDocuments:false, IconTools_1:false, IconBuildings_1:false, IconHazards_1:false, IconHealth_1:false, IconPostings_1:false})

this visible property of the datacard is 


Hi @nor3msti,


Since you are using a gallery to display the Icons, the best way is to use 1 variable that saves something unique from the selected record. I assume that you are probably using the Icon values in your gallery Items property, something that looks as follows:

//Option 1, no column name
[Icon.Transportation, Icon.People]

//Maybe you named the column and it looks as follows:
[{icon: Icon.Transportation}, {icon: Icon.People}]


In the OnSelect you would use the following code:

//Should you use no column name (option 1 above)
UpdateContext({varSelectedIcon: ThisItem.Value})

//Should you use column names (replace icon with correct column name)
UpdateContext({varSelectedIcon: ThisItem.icon})


E.g. a DataCard that should only be visible when the People icon is selected (Visible property):

varSelectedIcon = Icon.People


If this solves your question, would you be so kind as to accept it as a solution & give it a thumbs up.



My appologies for late response, this is looking good Im trying it out, One question, What do you mean by column name, if  your talking about the column in sharepoint list then no, but I wanted to make sure you were not talking about something I overlooked in the app or gallery.

I get his error message on the visibly property of the datacard, 


The icons do not change either, 


Helpful resources


Community will be READ ONLY July 16th, 5p PDT -July 22nd

Dear Community Members,   We'd like to let you know of an upcoming change to the community platform: starting July 16th, the platform will transition to a READ ONLY mode until July 22nd.   During this period, members will not be able to Kudo, Comment, or Reply to any posts.   On July 22nd, please be on the lookout for a message sent to the email address registered on your community profile. This email is crucial as it will contain your unique code and link to register for the new platform encompassing all of the communities.   What to Expect in the New Community: A more unified experience where all products, including Power Apps, Power Automate, Copilot Studio, and Power Pages, will be accessible from one community.Community Blogs that you can syndicate and link to for automatic updates. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation during this transition. Stay tuned for the exciting new features and a seamless community experience ahead!

Summer of Solutions | Week 4 Results | Winners will be posted on July 24th

We are excited to announce the Summer of Solutions Challenge!   This challenge is kicking off on Monday, June 17th and will run for (4) weeks.  The challenge is open to all Power Platform (Power Apps, Power Automate, Copilot Studio & Power Pages) community members. We invite you to participate in a quest to provide solutions in the Forums to as many questions as you can. Answers can be provided in all the communities.    Entry Period: This Challenge will consist of four weekly Entry Periods as follows (each an “Entry Period”)   - 12:00 a.m. PT on June 17, 2024 – 11:59 p.m. PT on June 23, 2024 - 12:00 a.m. PT on June 24, 2024 – 11:59 p.m. PT on June 30, 2024 - 12:00 a.m. PT on July 1, 2024 – 11:59 p.m. PT on July 7, 2024 - 12:00 a.m. PT on July 8, 2024 – 11:59 p.m. PT on July 14, 2024   Entries will be eligible for the Entry Period in which they are received and will not carryover to subsequent weekly entry periods.  You must enter into each weekly Entry Period separately.   How to Enter: We invite you to participate in a quest to provide "Accepted Solutions" to as many questions as you can. Answers can be provided in all the communities. Users must provide a solution which can be an “Accepted Solution” in the Forums in all of the communities and there are no limits to the number of “Accepted Solutions” that a member can provide for entries in this challenge, but each entry must be substantially unique and different.    Winner Selection and Prizes: At the end of each week, we will list the top ten (10) Community users which will consist of: 5 Community Members & 5 Super Users and they will advance to the final drawing. We will post each week in the News & Announcements the top 10 Solution providers.  At the end of the challenge, we will add all of the top 10 weekly names and enter them into a random drawing.  Then we will randomly select ten (10) winners (5 Community Members & 5 Super Users) from among all eligible entrants received across all weekly Entry Periods to receive the prize listed below. If a winner declines, we will draw again at random for the next winner.  A user will only be able to win once overall. If they are drawn multiple times, another user will be drawn at random.  Individuals will be contacted before the announcement with the opportunity to claim or deny the prize.  Once all of the winners have been notified, we will post in the News & Announcements of each community with the list of winners.   Each winner will receive one (1) Pass to the Power Platform Conference in Las Vegas, Sep. 18-20, 2024 ($1800 value). NOTE: Prize is for conference attendance only and any other costs such as airfare, lodging, transportation, and food are the sole responsibility of the winner. Tickets are not transferable to any other party or to next year’s event.   ** PLEASE SEE THE ATTACHED RULES for this CHALLENGE**   Week 1 Results: Congratulations to the Week 1 qualifiers, you are being entered in the random drawing that will take place at the end of the challenge. Community MembersNumber of SolutionsSuper UsersNumber of Solutions @anandm08  23 @WarrenBelz  31 @DBO_DV  10 @Amik  19 AmínAA 6 @mmbr1606  12 @rzuber  4 @happyume  7 @Giraldoj  3@ANB 6 (tie)   @SpongYe  6 (tie)     Week 2 Results: Congratulations to the Week 2 qualifiers, you are being entered in the random drawing that will take place at the end of the challenge. Community MembersSolutionsSuper UsersSolutions @anandm08  10@WarrenBelz 25 @DBO_DV  6@mmbr1606 14 @AmínAA 4 @Amik  12 @royg  3 @ANB  10 @AllanDeCastro  2 @SunilPashikanti  5 @Michaelfp  2 @FLMike  5 @eduardo_izzo  2   Meekou 2   @rzuber  2   @Velegandla  2     @PowerPlatform-P  2   @Micaiah  2     Week 3 Results: Congratulations to the Week 3 qualifiers, you are being entered in the random drawing that will take place at the end of the challenge.   Week 3:Community MembersSolutionsSuper UsersSolutionsPower Apps anandm0861WarrenBelz86DBO_DV25Amik66Michaelfp13mmbr160647Giraldoj13FLMike31AmínAA13SpongYe27     Week 4 Results: Congratulations to the Week 4 qualifiers, you are being entered in the random drawing that will take place at the end of the challenge.   Week 4:Community MembersSolutionsSuper UsersSolutionsPower Apps DBO-DV21WarranBelz26Giraldoj7mmbr160618Muzammmil_0695067Amik14samfawzi_acml6FLMike12tzuber6ANB8   SunilPashikanti8

Check Out | 2024 Release Wave 2 Plans for Microsoft Dynamics 365 and Microsoft Power Platform

On July 16, 2024, we published the 2024 release wave 2 plans for Microsoft Dynamics 365 and Microsoft Power Platform. These plans are a compilation of the new capabilities planned to be released between October 2024 to March 2025. This release introduces a wealth of new features designed to enhance customer understanding and improve overall user experience, showcasing our dedication to driving digital transformation for our customers and partners.    The upcoming wave is centered around utilizing advanced AI and Microsoft Copilot technologies to enhance user productivity and streamline operations across diverse business applications. These enhancements include intelligent automation, AI-powered insights, and immersive user experiences that are designed to break down barriers between data, insights, and individuals. Watch a summary of the release highlights.    Discover the latest features that empower organizations to operate more efficiently and adaptively. From AI-driven sales insights and customer service enhancements to predictive analytics in supply chain management and autonomous financial processes, the new capabilities enable businesses to proactively address challenges and capitalize on opportunities.    

Updates to Transitions in the Power Platform Communities

We're embarking on a journey to enhance your experience by transitioning to a new community platform. Our team has been diligently working to create a fresh community site, leveraging the very Dynamics 365 and Power Platform tools our community advocates for.  We started this journey with transitioning Copilot Studio forums and blogs in June. The move marks the beginning of a new chapter, and we're eager for you to be a part of it. The rest of the Power Platform product sites will be moving over this summer.   Stay tuned for more updates as we get closer to the launch. We can't wait to welcome you to our new community space, designed with you in mind. Let's connect, learn, and grow together.   Here's to new beginnings and endless possibilities!   If you have any questions, observations or concerns throughout this process please go to   To stay up to date on the latest details of this migration and other important Community updates subscribe to our News and Announcements forums: Copilot Studio, Power Apps, Power Automate, Power Pages

Top Solution Authors
Top Kudoed Authors
Users online (1,959)