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How to add a "Blank" field to choice field in SharePoint and PowerApps

So I just tested this and it worked...I though other users might find this useful so instructions are below...my scenario is that I have choice fields in SharePoint lists where there are initially blank but after you select one you cannot go to back to "blank"...same as in PowerApps...but using the instructions below resoloves both.

 

Insert a “Blank Space”

SharePoint choice fields do not save blank rows. What this means is that once a user has selected an item from the choice list and they want to now select a blank row they cannot! Blank rows are removed by SharePoint once a choice has been saved. 

This rather annoying situation can be resolved using the following steps: 

1. Go to the column drop down list in question. 
2. At the first entry on the list do a return to create a blank space. 
3. Inside that blank space place your cursor and press and hold down the ALT key while typing 0129 on the NUMERIC KEYPAD. This will enter another type of “blank character” that SharePoint cannot wipe away. 
4. In the Default Entry setting do the same. 
5. Save and you are done. 

You now have a blank entry at the top of the drop down list that defaults to it and cannot be wiped away by SharePoint 🙂

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Re: How to add a "Blank" field to choice field in SharePoint and PowerApps

Hi @lroman,

 

Thank you so much for your sharing and we appreciate for your contribution on the community. Others who have the same problem will surely benefit from your post. 

 

Regards,

Mona

Community Support Team _ Mona Li
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Re: How to add a "Blank" field to choice field in SharePoint and PowerApps

Hi @lroman,

 

Thank you so much for your sharing and we appreciate for your contribution on the community. Others who have the same problem will surely benefit from your post. 

 

Regards,

Mona

Community Support Team _ Mona Li
If this post helps, then please consider Accept it as the solution to help the other members find it more quickly.

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Re: How to add a "Blank" field to choice field in SharePoint and PowerApps

I was unable to find a good way to do this even with using the character maps. I ended up deleted the option in quick edit mode to leave the field blank

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Helper V
Helper V

Re: How to add a "Blank" field to choice field in SharePoint and PowerApps

Thanks for the tip. HOWEVERRRRRRRRRR: Me thinks this would/should be something Microsoft should provide OOTB.

 

Really? Really??????

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Re: How to add a "Blank" field to choice field in SharePoint and PowerApps

I cannot get the ALT0129 to enter in the "Default value".

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Helper V

Re: How to add a "Blank" field to choice field in SharePoint and PowerApps

Yup. SURPRISE!!!!

 

Small things like this add up to the point where I dont even use the stuff any longer. Some rinkydink web sites have more functional controls than this.

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Re: How to add a "Blank" field to choice field in SharePoint and PowerApps

Hi there,

I have followed your instructions but I am getting a box 

Any idea how I can this this to work?

 

thanks in advance for any help.

 

 

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