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Dll10685
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Powerapps Custom Form -Cascaded Fields Not Updating to SharePoint List

Hello Everyone,

Sorry, I'm new to this and have been searching for days now with no luck. I may not be understanding the Patch function or maybe I'm completely messing things up, but I'm hoping for some help or insight.

 

  • I have SP List 1 that has two columns titled Main Category and Sub Category. They are both setup as Single Line of Text, at the moment.
  • Then, I have SP List 2. It also has two columns titled Main Category and Sub Category and are also setup as Single Line of Text.
  • I created the cascaded dropdowns on my SharePointForm1 custom form, and that works as expected, they are also titled Main Category and Sub Category. So when I selected Option 1 in Main Category I get only the Sub Category options related to Option 1. 
  • Both dropdowns are standard dropdowns, not combo dropdowns

The problem I'm having is, when I fill out the form, and I select the Main Cat and the Sub Cat then I submit the form, everything populates into SP List 1 but those two categories. I figured it's related to the fact that those two categories are pulling from SP List 2, so they wont populate SP List 1. I guess my question is, am I even on the right path with this being a Patch function issue? Is that what I need to do to get the options from SP List 2 to populate into SP List 1? Or am I just completely lost? If it's not a Patch issue, where should I look to get this issue resolved? 

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So, turns out I was misunderstanding the Patch function. I was able to fix it by patching ALL of the fields, and not just the cascaded dropdowns (just in case anyone else finds this). So my formula looks like this now, 

 

Patch('Main SP List', Defaults('Main SP List'),
{
'Column 1 Name': DataCardValue1.Text,
'Column 2 Name': DataCardValue2.Selected,
'Column 3 Name': DataCardValue3.Text,
'Column 4 Name': DataCardValue13.Text,
'Column 5 Name': DataCardValue4.Text,
'Column 6 Name': DataCardValue7.Selected,
'Column 7 Name': DataCardValue16.Text,
'Column 8 Name': DataCardValue5.Text,
'Column 9 Name': DataCardValue6.Text,
'Column 10 Name': ddMC.SelectedText.Result, <<These being the cascaded dropdown options that started this 
'Column 11 Name': ddSC.SelectedText.Value,   <<
'Column 12 Name': DataCardValue15.Text,
'Column 13 Name': DataCardValue8.Selected,
'Column 14 Name': DataCardValue9.Selected,
'Column 15 Name': DataCardValue10.SelectedDate
}
)

 

This is working for me. So hopefully it helps whoever finds this and has similar issues! Depending on the type of field your adding to the Submit Patch will change the end of the string. .Text being a field where I type text into, .Selected being a box where I make choices already in place in SharePoint, .SelectedDate being for the Date input (and I think it had to go last? Kept giving me an error until I made it last), and the SelectedText.Result/Value being the two cascaded dropwdown menus. 

Thanks for the help @Jeff_Thorpe and @CNT !

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CNT
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Super User

@Dll10685 What do you have in the Items property for these 2 dropdowns and the Update property for the 2 datacards that hold these 2 dropdowns?

Dll10685
Regular Visitor

So for Items:

Main Category I have Items = Distinct('SP List 2', Title)

Sub Category I have Items = Filter('SP List 2', 'Main Category' = Dropdown1.Selected.Result) - Dropdown1 being the dropdown box for Main Category.

And for Update:

Main Category is Update = {Value: Dropdown1.Selected.Result}

Sub Category is Update = {Value: Dropdown3.Selected.Value} -Dropdown3 being the dropdown box for Sub Cat.

I have messed with the Result/Value parts of the function in the Update fields as well, switching them around...even leaving them out. Main Cat doesn't give an error for having Result there, but Sub Cat gives an error for having Value or Result there, no error if I leave it out entirely though. The error there is the "Name Isn't valid. The identifier isn't recognized." 


@Dll10685 .Selected.Value should work fine in both cases or you can try .SelectedText.Value which would also return a text. Updating these values to the SP list also shouldn't be an issue as they are only text and it does not matter where they come from. What issues are you having with submitting to the SP list?

I also tried SelectedText, but had no success, before coming here.

The issue I'm having is all but the Category fields update in my main SP List 1 site once I submit the form. They just appear as blank, no value/text will populate in those columns only. The rest will populate just fine, but these two Category fields are the only cascading fields on the form, so I'm assuming it has something to do with that? 

Jeff_Thorpe
Super User
Super User

Since you are saving the data to a text field in SharePoint you need to change the Update formula so it isn't saving it as a record.

Example of Update property:

Main Category is Update = Dropdown1.Selected.Result

Sub Category is Update = Dropdown3.Selected.Value



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I currently had it set as that but with the {Value: portion added to it. I just removed it though to see if it would work, and it did not. With that setup, I do get an error for Main Category now, saying "Expected record value. The Property on this control expects Record values. The rule produces Text values which are incompatible." Sub Category spits out the same "Name isn't valid. This identifier isn't recognized" error. 

Dll10685
Regular Visitor

So, I managed to get those two fields to show now! However, they show as an individual item. Is there any way I can have it show as one list when submitting a form? The Other >> should be on the item below it, but submitting the form creates two line items now. I managed to figure out part of the Patch method when submitting a form, which is how I was able to get those two fields to show now. 

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Dll10685
Regular Visitor

Alright, so now I have it so it posts one line item, but now it wont post the Main Category item. Attached screenshot, red box portion should say "Other." The formula for when I click the Save button is:

OnSelect = Patch('SP List 1',Defaults('SP List 1'),{Main_x0020_Category:ddMC.SelectedText.Result, Sub_x0020_Category:ddSC.SelectedText.Value}, SharePointForm1.Updates)


I ended up changing my dropdown names to ddMC and ddSC. Am I on the right path? This method also seems to submit a new form even when I just want to edit the form, but figured that could be looked at once I tackle this issue.

 

Dll10685_0-1621894882564.png

 

So, turns out I was misunderstanding the Patch function. I was able to fix it by patching ALL of the fields, and not just the cascaded dropdowns (just in case anyone else finds this). So my formula looks like this now, 

 

Patch('Main SP List', Defaults('Main SP List'),
{
'Column 1 Name': DataCardValue1.Text,
'Column 2 Name': DataCardValue2.Selected,
'Column 3 Name': DataCardValue3.Text,
'Column 4 Name': DataCardValue13.Text,
'Column 5 Name': DataCardValue4.Text,
'Column 6 Name': DataCardValue7.Selected,
'Column 7 Name': DataCardValue16.Text,
'Column 8 Name': DataCardValue5.Text,
'Column 9 Name': DataCardValue6.Text,
'Column 10 Name': ddMC.SelectedText.Result, <<These being the cascaded dropdown options that started this 
'Column 11 Name': ddSC.SelectedText.Value,   <<
'Column 12 Name': DataCardValue15.Text,
'Column 13 Name': DataCardValue8.Selected,
'Column 14 Name': DataCardValue9.Selected,
'Column 15 Name': DataCardValue10.SelectedDate
}
)

 

This is working for me. So hopefully it helps whoever finds this and has similar issues! Depending on the type of field your adding to the Submit Patch will change the end of the string. .Text being a field where I type text into, .Selected being a box where I make choices already in place in SharePoint, .SelectedDate being for the Date input (and I think it had to go last? Kept giving me an error until I made it last), and the SelectedText.Result/Value being the two cascaded dropwdown menus. 

Thanks for the help @Jeff_Thorpe and @CNT !

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