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Variables in Lookup Functions

I am building a canvas app and would like for a label to display a user's designated access level based on a lookup function to a table and their current email address. I have a variable (CurrentUser) set up to capture the user's email address when the app loads, as this value is used in multiple other places throughout the app. My formula in the label's Text property is set up as follows:


Lookup(Table2, CurrentUser = EmailAddressColumn, AccessLevel)


The problem is that the formula keeps returning a blank value, even though I have confirmed that Table2 does contain the email values I need. Am I missing something?

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@ahessel Try reversing the formula like this,

Lookup(Table2, EmailAddressColumn=CurrentUser, AccessLevel)

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There are a couple of ways your LookUp() can go sideways:

  1. Your expression: CurrentUser = EmailAddressColumn isn't returning true for any record. Carefully check to make sure your CurrentUser variable is getting assigned a value that makes sense and that the EmailAddressColumn is of the correct type and format to work with your expression.
  2. Make sure the AccessLevel column in your table is populated with values. The LookUp() is returning whatever is in that field, blank or not.

Hope that helps,


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Thanks, but when I gave this a try, it's still returning blanks!

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Be cautious with letter case of the email address.  The User() function (if that is what you are using) can sometimes return an email address with a different case than you expect.  


Change your formula to the following to overcome that:

   Lookup(Table2, StartsWith(EmailAddressColumn, CurrentUser) , AccessLevel)


I hope this is helpful for you.


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