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Wildcard search in Dropdown

The dropdown control in PowerApps filters results if you start typing, which is really handy on lengthy lists to save users scrolling through.

For example, if I have the following values in my dropdown: Apples, Pears, Pineapples, Plums

And I type 'Pea' in the text part of the dropdown menu, it will suggest 'Pears' and I will be able to tap this to select it.

I'm wondering however, how can I make this filter as a wildcard?

In my example, at the moment if I type 'apple' it would return only 'Apples' as the suggestion.
What I want to achieve is, if I type 'apple', it would return both 'Apples' and 'Pineapples' thus looking at my search string amongst the entire value and not just the start of the value.

Is this possible?

Community Support
Community Support

Hi @Anonymous,


I don't think dropdown control is allowed to enter string instead of selecting values.

I suspect the dropdown you mentioned should be the one which is auto-generated when build App from Data.

Mostly the Auto-generated Dropdowns are related with the lookup fields, which act as a search box. But this kind control currently is not available under PowerApps.

For Dropdown control that we could add and customize, check:

Drop down control in PowerApps

Besides, there is an idea submitted already on this:

Allow text input in the dropdown control offered under PowerApps Insert tab



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Realize this is old, but I agree with this. The autocomplete on a combobox starts at the beginning. I could use a wildcard "contains" inclusion search.

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