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Patching an item index number into a collection

I would like to have a column in my collection representing the index number for that item.

For that purpose I try to use the ForAll statement.

I am trying this



ThisItem does not compute in this construction I know, but how could I do this the right way


Dual Super User II
Dual Super User II

Hi @HansHeintz 


Below is example of a collection and how to create indexes in it


Category:colNonIndexed[@Category], Item:colNonIndexed[@Item],




Reza Dorrani


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Community Support
Community Support

Hi @HansHeintz ,

Could you please share a bit more about your scenario?

Do you want to add a Row Index column value into your DitDierEvents collection?

Is there a Index column existed in your DitDierEvents collection?


I assume that there is already a Index type column existed in your DitDierEvents collection, based on the formula you provided, I think there is something wrong with it.


I have made a test on my side, please take a try with the following workaround:

Please consider modify your formula as below:


ClearCollect(TempCollection, DitDierEvents);;
Collect(DummyCollection; 1);; /* <-- Please type 1 rather than Blank() into your DumyCollection */
Patch(DitDierEvents; Last(FirstN(DitDierEvents, CountRows(DummyCollection))); {Index: CountRows(DummyCollection)}) )

Please take a try with above solution, then check if the issue is solved.


More details about the ForAll function, and Patch function, please check the following article:

ForAll function, Patch function


Best regards,


Community Support Team _ Kris Dai
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Power Apps
Power Apps

Using the ForAll function and assuming that it will run sequentially is not a safe thing to do. From its documentation:

When writing your formula, keep in mind that records can be processed in any order and, when possible, in parallel.

So if you use it, it's possible that while it works today, it may not work in all devices or tomorrow.

One way to add an index to a collection (or more specifically, to create a second collection with indices and the same items as the original collection) you can start from a collection of indices only, and use the AddColumns function to add the items from the original collection to it. For example, if you have this expression:

            FirstN([1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22,23,24,25,26,27,28,29,30], CountRows(DitDierEvents)),
            "Value", "Index"),
        "Item", Last(FirstN(DitDierEvents, Index))))

It will create a collection called Indexed1 with two properties: Index (number) and Item (record). You need to define the indices collection as large as you need (in the example above, it would work for collections up to 30 elements). You can then access the properties of the original item, for example in a label in a gallery:

ThisItem.Index & " - " & ThisItem.Item.Name

If you don't want to have the original item as a record, instead having all of its properties directly on the records of the new collection, you can add them over in the AddColumns call, like in the example below:

            FirstN([1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22,23,24,25,26,27,28,29,30], CountRows(DitDierEvents)),
            "Value", "Index"),
        "Name", Last(FirstN(DitDierEvents, Index)).Name,
        "Age", Last(FirstN(DitDierEvents, Index)).Age,
        "IsHuman", Last(FirstN(DitDierEvents, Index)).IsHuman))

The attached app shows those expressions. To open it, save it locally, then go to, select Open, Browse, then find the app that you saved previously.

Hope this helps!

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