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Unable to Run Patch on an Attendance App

Hi, I am trying to create an attendance app on PowerApps. Its a simple application which captures Employee ID, Employee Name and has two buttons Punch In and Punch out. On SharePoint I have the list with Date, Employee ID, Employee Name, Time In (Punch In) and Time Out (Punch Out). I am using the below patch on Punch In button:


Patch('EHS Attendance',Defaults('EHS Attendance'),{Title:User().FullName,Date:Today(),'Employee ID':'Employee ID Text Box','Employee Name':'Employee Name Text Box', 'Time In':Now(),'Time Out':Blank()})) Notify("Punch In Successful!", NotificationType.Success); ResetForm('EHS Attendance 1')


I end up getting an error as "Field 'Timeout' is required". I don't really know what I am doing incorrect.  If anyone can please help me resolve this and also, let me know what I did wrong here it would be a great help. Also, if possible help me out with the punch out button patch as well. I do have it written, but it also is having an error.

Super User
Super User

Hi @mohdabrar,


First think to check would be if your Sharepoint list has TimeOut as a required field. If so, take that out so it will accept a blank value. 

Hi @Sickle-Cell Thank you. Yeah, it was a required field, I have changed that now, however, it has now run into another error, The Error I get is : "Network error when using patch function: The requested operation is invalid."

Super User
Super User

Hi @mohdabrar,


I've noticed your code has an extra bracket, so I've removed that. Try the below and let me know if it works. If this doesn't function, I suspect the issue is down to the content types your list is configured to accept compared to what you're patching over 


    'EHS Attendance',
    Defaults('EHS Attendance'),
    'Employee ID':'Employee ID Text Box',
    'Employee Name':'Employee Name Text Box', 
    'Time In':Now(),
    'Time Out':Blank()}
Notify("Punch In Successful!", NotificationType.Success); 
ResetForm('EHS Attendance 1');


Still Doesn't work. Attaching the list headers below. Could there be any problem with this?


List HeadersList Headers

Hi @mohdabrar,


My best guess is that it might be your Date column. You're passing a Date to a text column, that might be the problem. Try converting it to text before you pass it or change the Date column to accept proper dates and try again. 

Super User
Super User

hey try this:


    'EHS Attendance',
    Defaults('EHS Attendance'),
        Title: User().FullName,
        Date: Today(),
        'Employee ID': TextInput_EmployeeID.Text,  // Replace with your Employee ID Text Input Control Name
        'Employee Name': TextInput_EmployeeName.Text,  // Replace with your Employee Name Text Input Control Name
        'Time In': Now(),
        'Time Out': Blank()
Notify("Punch In Successful!", NotificationType.Success); 
ResetForm('EHS Attendance 1');


Let me know if my answer helped solving your issue.

If it did please accept as solution and give it a thumbs up so we can help others in the community.


Regular Visitor

Hi, Thanks for helping. I have no clue whats wrong. this doesn't work either. However, here's the catch. For the time out button I put in the below formula and it seems to be working:

UpdateIf('Fatorah Attendance','Employee Name'='Employee Name' && IsBlank(Button2),{'Time Out':Now()});Notify("Punch Out Successful!",NotificationType.Success);Reset('Employee Name');


(I redid the names so there will be changes.)


And I am using this for Time In and this doesn't work.


Patch('Fatorah Attendance',Defaults('Fatorah Attendance'),{Title:User().FullName, Date:DatePicker1,'Employee ID':'Employee ID','Employee Name':'Employee Name','Time In':Now(),'Time Out':Blank()})

@Sickle-Cell Tried changing date column to date and vice versa, Doesn't seem to budge.

Helper III
Helper III

Hi Bro,


if you need any help with attendance related help, I already developed this application you can check out my videos on youtube.


link is here - Time IN And Out Button Create with Formula In PowerApps || Part-14


in this application these options


Check In - Check Out

Break options 
Selfie option 

location option

20+ option for employees & Manager login 


please check out all parts 

i hope this video help you. 


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