cancel
Showing results for 
Search instead for 
Did you mean: 
Reply
PowerAid
Helper II
Helper II

Setting a field value with click of a button.

I have a phone template app connected to a SharePoint list with a single line of text column called Request Status.  I have a button in the Edit view that is suppose to update the Request Status to "New" when clicked.  The button OnSelect forumal is : UpdateContext({RequestStatusVar: "New"})

 

The Default value of my Request Status field is set to RequestStatusVar.  When I test it out for the first time by creating a new form, I click the button which sets the variable to "New" and Request Status is set to "New" as well.  Then when I click on the Add new Item icon from the Display view, it shows that Request Status is set to "New" before I have even clicked the button for this record. 

 

I do not understand why the variable is set to "New" on the new record.  It seems that variable values carry over to new records?  Why is this the case?  What other code would I need to prevent this?

7 REPLIES 7
Srautio
Advocate I
Advocate I

Unless you are Updating the variable anywhere else in the context you are using it, it will remain whatever value you assign it when it was first initialized. In your case the first time you pressed the button.

 

So unless you Update your variable anywhere else in your form submit process it will keep the value of "New".

 

So right now you could replace the default value of Request Status field to "New" and it would behave the same way. 

 

UpdateContext function in Powerapps

 


@Srautio wrote:

Unless you are Updating the variable anywhere else in the context you are using it, it will remain whatever value you assign it when it was first initialized. In your case the first time you pressed the button.

 

So unless you Update your variable anywhere else in your form submit process it will keep the value of "New".

 

So right now you could replace the default value of Request Status field to "New" and it would behave the same way. 

 

UpdateContext function in Powerapps

 


Thanks for the link.  I need some clarification on this info:

 

"A context variable holds its value until the app is closed. If you define a context variable and set its value on a particular screen, that information remains intact even if the user switches to a different screen. Once the app is closed, the context variable's value will be lost and must be recreated when the app is loaded again."

 

So is this saying that unless the PowerApp is closed the current value will still hold?  So as long as the app is open, the value will get passed to other records that you open (in the correspondning screen)?

So is this saying that unless the PowerApp is closed the current value will still hold?  So as long as the app is open, the value will get passed to other records that you open (in the correspondning screen)?

 

Yes that is how it should work.

 

What was it you were trying to do with your variable?


@Srautio wrote:

What was it you were trying to do with your variable?


I am experimenting on how I can set the Request status field with a click of a Button for a particular record. I do not want the value past on to another record and I do not want the value to be lost in the original record. 

 

I have a lot of experience with Infopath and so I am used to values being "pushed".  I know PowerApps values are "pulled". I am trying to wrap my head around these different concepts in PowerApps like variables.


@PowerAid wrote:


I am experimenting on how I can set the Request status field with a click of a Button for a particular record. I do not want the value past on to another record and I do not want the value to be lost in the original record. 


Well if you want to clear your ContextVariable in between submissions you could add the following

UpdateContext({RequestStatusVar: ""})

to either the New Record Screens onVisible property or directly on the Submit button OnSelect property.

 

However variables are not tied to a record, ContextVariables are screenSpecific and GlobalVariables 

Set(variableName, Value)

are accessible all throughout the app.

 

Also you can pass variables in between screens as a third optional value in the Navigate() function.

Navigate(Screen, Cover, {var: "variable"})

Navigate()

 

You can allso use ContextVariables as "toggle-able" booleans by setting the onSelect property of say a button to:

UpdateContext({variable: !variable})

Whenever you click said button it will swap to the opposite value. It defaults to false. I use this alot to hide UI elements from the user untill they click a button by having the UI elements' Visible property set to: variable.

v-xida-msft
Community Support
Community Support

Hi @PowerAid,

Do you want the RequestStatusVar value not to be passed to another record, and not to be lost in previous record?

I agree with @Srautio's thought almost, the Context variable (created via UpdateContext function) is scoped to a screen, which means that you can't build a formula that refers to a context variable on another screen. If you don't close your app or change its value, it would remain its previous value continuously.

I have made a test on my side, please take a try with the following workaround:10.JPG

 

11.JPG

Set the OnVisible property of your Edit screen (on your side, it is Edit view) to following formula:

UpdateContext({RequestStatusVar:Blank()})   /* Initialize the RequestStatusVar variable when you create a new form */

Set the OnSelect property of the "Update" button to following formula:

UpdateContext({RequestStatusVar: "New"})    /* Update the RequestStatusVar variable when you click the button */

Set the Default property of the TextInput control within the Request Status Data card to following:

If(
    EditForm1.Mode=FormMode.New,
    RequestStatusVar,
    Parent.Default
)

Or 

Set the Default property of the Request Status Data card to following:

If(
    EditForm1.Mode=FormMode.New,
    RequestStatusVar,
    ThisItem.Request_x0020_Status
)

The GIF screenshot as below:Test1.gif

 

Best regards,

Kris

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

Hello,
I tried the above solution, it works only when i create new entries, but for updating existing entries no action is taken when button is clicked.

kotlonarendra_0-1609424181574.png

 

kotlonarendra_1-1609424343128.png

 

 

Could you please let me know, if i am doing any step wrong.

 

--

Thanks,

Naren

Helpful resources

Announcements

Win free tickets to the Power Platform Conference | Summer of Solutions

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 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**

Celebrating the June Super User of the Month: Markus Franz

Markus Franz is a phenomenal contributor to the Power Apps Community. Super Users like Markus inspire others through their example, encouragement, and active participation.    The Why: "I do this to help others achieve what they are trying to do. As a total beginner back then without IT background I know how overwhelming things can be, so I decided to jump in and help others. I also do this to keep progressing and learning myself." Thank you, Markus Franz, for your outstanding work! Keep inspiring others and making a difference in the community! 🎉  Keep up the fantastic work! 👏👏   Markus Franz | LinkedIn  Power Apps: mmbr1606  

Copilot Cookbook Challenge | Week 1 Results | Win Tickets to the Power Platform Conference

We are excited to announce the "The Copilot Cookbook Community Challenge is a great way to showcase your creativity and connect with others. Plus, you could win tickets to the Power Platform Community Conference in Las Vegas in September 2024 as an amazing bonus.   Two ways to enter: 1. Copilot Studio Cookbook Gallery: https://aka.ms/CS_Copilot_Cookbook_Challenge 2. Power Apps Copilot Cookbook Gallery: https://aka.ms/PA_Copilot_Cookbook_Challenge   There will be 5 chances to qualify for the final drawing: Early Bird Entries: March 1 - June 2Week 1: June 3 - June 9Week 2: June 10 - June 16Week 3: June 17 - June 23Week 4: June 24 - June 30     At the end of each week, we will draw 5 random names from every user who has posted a qualifying Copilot Studio template, sample or demo in the Copilot Studio Cookbook or a qualifying Power Apps Copilot sample or demo in the Power Apps Copilot Cookbook. Users who are not drawn in a given week will be added to the pool for the next week. Users can qualify more than once, but no more than once per week. Four winners will be drawn at random from the total qualifying entrants. If a winner declines, we will draw again at random for the next winner.  A user will only be able to win once. If they are drawn multiple times, another user will be drawn at random. Prizes:  One Pass to the Power Platform Conference in Las Vegas, Sep. 18-20, 2024 ($1800 value, does not include travel, lodging, or any other expenses) Winners are also eligible to do a 10-minute presentation of their demo or solution in a community solutions showcase at the event. To qualify for the drawing, templates, samples or demos must be related to Copilot Studio or a Copilot feature of Power Apps, Power Automate, or Power Pages, and must demonstrate or solve a complete unique and useful business or technical problem. Power Automate and Power Pagers posts should be added to the Power Apps Cookbook. Final determination of qualifying entries is at the sole discretion of Microsoft. Weekly updates and the Final random winners will be posted in the News & Announcements section in the communities on July 29th, 2024. Did you submit entries early?  Early Bird Entries March 1 - June 2:  If you posted something in the "early bird" time frame complete this form: https://aka.ms/Copilot_Challenge_EarlyBirds if you would like to be entered in the 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. Copilot Cookbook Gallery:Power Apps Cookbook Gallery:1.  @Mathieu_Paris 1.   @SpongYe 2.  @Dhanush 2.   @Deenuji 3.  n/a3.   @Nived_Nambiar  4.  n/a4.   @ManishSolanki 5.  n/a5.    n/a

Your Moment to Shine: 2024 PPCC’s Got Power Awards Show

For the third year, we invite you, our talented community members, to participate in the grand 2024 Power Platform Community Conference's Got Power Awards. This event is your opportunity to showcase solutions that make a significant business impact, highlight extensive use of Power Platform products, demonstrate good governance, or tell an inspirational story. Share your success stories, inspire your peers, and show off some hidden talents.  This is your time to shine and bring your creations into the spotlight!  Make your mark, inspire others and leave a lasting impression. Sign up today for a chance to showcase your solution and win the coveted 2024 PPCC’s Got Power Award. This year we have three categories for you to participate in: Technical Solution Demo, Storytelling, and Hidden Talent.      The Technical solution demo category showcases your applications, automated workflows, copilot agentic experiences, web pages, AI capabilities, dashboards, and/or more. We want to see your most impactful Power Platform solutions!  The Storytelling category is where you can share your inspiring story, and the Hidden Talent category is where your talents (such as singing, dancing, jump roping, etc.) can shine! Submission Details:  Fill out the submission form https://aka.ms/PPCCGotPowerSignup by July 12th with details and a 2–5-minute video showcasing your Solution impact. (Please let us know you're coming to PPCC, too!)After review by a panel of Microsoft judges, the top storytellers will be invited to present a virtual demo presentation to the judges during early August. You’ll be notified soon after if you have been selected as a finalist to share your story live at PPCC’s Got Power!  The live show will feature the solution demos and storytelling talents of the top contestants, winner announcements, and the opportunity to network with your community.  It's not just a showcase for technical talent and storytelling showmanship, show it's a golden opportunity to make connections and celebrate our Community together! Let's make this a memorable event! See you there!   Mark your calendars! Date and Time: Thursday, Sept 19th Location: PPCC24 at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas, NV 

Tuesday Tip | Accepting Solutions

It's time for another TUESDAY TIPS, your weekly connection with the most insightful tips and tricks that empower both newcomers and veterans in the Power Platform Community! Every Tuesday, we bring you a curated selection of the finest advice, distilled from the resources and tools in the Community. Whether you’re a seasoned member or just getting started, Tuesday Tips are the perfect compass guiding you across the dynamic landscape of the Power Platform Community.   To enhance our collaborative environment, it's important to acknowledge when your question has been answered satisfactorily. Here's a quick guide on how to accept a solution to your questions: Find the Helpful Reply: Navigate to the reply that has effectively answered your question.Accept as Solution: Look for the "Accept as Solution" button or link, usually located at the bottom of the reply.Confirm Your Selection: Clicking this button may prompt you for confirmation. Go ahead and confirm that this is indeed the solution.Acknowledgment: Once accepted, the reply will be highlighted, and the original post will be marked as "Solved". This helps other community members find the same solution quickly. By marking a reply as an accepted solution, you not only thank the person who helped you but also make it easier for others with similar questions to find answers. Let's continue to support each other by recognizing helpful contributions. 

Reminder: To register for the Community Ambassador Call on June 13th

Calling all Super Users & User Group Leaders     Reminder: To register for the Community Ambassador Call on June 13th—for an exclusive event for User Group Leaders and Super Users! This month is packed with exciting updates and activities within our community.   What's Happening: Community Updates: We'll share the latest developments and what's new in our vibrant community.Special Guest Speaker: Get ready for an insightful talk and live demo of Microsoft Copilot Studio templates by our special guest.Regular Updates: Stay informed with our routine updates for User Groups and Super Users.Community Insights: We'll provide general information about ongoing and upcoming community initiatives. Don't Miss Out: Register Now: Choose the session that fits your schedule best.Check your private messages or Super User Forum for registration links. We're excited to connect with you and continue building a stronger community together.   See you at the call!  

Top Solution Authors
Top Kudoed Authors
Users online (3,397)