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Collection and Datatable double standards



  1. I put a datatable containing 2 fields; a title and a combo box on a screen,
  2. got title to sort but the combo box just showed some cryptic 'object' text ( ooookkkk),
  3. a nice gentleman, Reza recommended putting the data into a collection and spitting out the drop down text into regular text,
  4. Great, the two columns showed on the datatable sorted correctly. Excellent.

Not so fast, we're talking Microsoft and there's no way you get off that easy because now there's 2 more issues. Surprise!


  1. now you can't add an edit form connected to the collection. collName.Selected wants a field after whereas referencing a SP data source simply needs datasourceName.Selected (ohhh brother, there's always a catch, always. First double standard)
  2. if that's not enough of a pain, adding an html text box which shows the datatable data EXCEPT, now it's lost the sort. 🙄🙄

The only lesson in learning is use PowerApps carefully but if you try to take advantage of the potential functionalities, be prepared for a very unintuitive road trip.



  • How do you use an editform with a datatable based on a collection??
  • How do you maintain a sort order going from datatable (Collection or other source) to an HTML text box??

Thanks (from Mr. Super Exasperated)

Community Support Team
Community Support Team

Re: Collection and Datatable double standards

Hi @CW ,


I just tested with an edit form and used a collection as the data source, I was able to make it work.

Did you make sure that you have set the DataSource property of the edit form to the collection name? Then set the Item property to DataTable1.Selected. 


Did you mean that after you add an HTML text box control in datatable control, the sort order becomes incorrect?





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Re: Collection and Datatable double standards

Yup did all that. However, the edit form source cant use the collection. It's not available to choose and I even loaded it on app start.


Edit form, no collection to choose from even though it's created on app start and evidenced by the datatable which is based on thr collection (?????!!!!!!)



Can't choose the datatable since the form isnt sourced by the collection. (there always has to be a fly in the ointment)


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Re: Collection and Datatable double standards

Works fine when using the SP list as the source:



Like I said, double standards. It is Monday and not a Tuesday with a fullmoon, perhaps that's why it's not working??????

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Re: Collection and Datatable double standards

Seems no one has the answer or everyone else is experiencing the same issue.

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