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Model Driven Apps - Text Field to Lookup/Record Field



I want to create a record in which I have a text entry field that will turn into a record or a lookup field after I save. This is for a user-friendly app in which users can type in a product ID into a product record, and then the product ID would become a record without having to navigate away from the page to create a product ID. I want to do this so that I can have a link to click back and forth between the Product and the Product ID.


Is this possible with MS Flow or business process flows?

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Hi @Anonymous ,

Do you want to use a text to update lookup field?

You could try this formula:


You could use Lookup function to find the related record based on your text.

Here's a blog about how to update complex data type of CDS for your reference:



Best regards, 

Community Support Team _ Phoebe Liu
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Hello, thank you for the response.


Is there a way to use the formula you provided in a model driven app? I am not using canvas apps. Each created lookup field from text will be unique so i will never use the same product ID or lookup and select a product ID.


An inputted text will populate a lookup field and then the lookup field will be saved under a lookup entity. 

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