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What are the alternatives to the lookup component on dataverse forms?

The lookup component on dataverse forms scores about 1 out for 10 for usability (see screenshots below).  It is a UAT fail.  I can't see any obvious alternative components.  I know Power Apps has better options, but it will be a bit tedious to have to insert a Power Apps control for such basic functionality.  Any suggestions?

 

The lookup component on dataverse form (sorry to confuse, but by coincidence the column is also called component):

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How it looks when editing on basic form on page:

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Only 10 records are displayed rather than being able to scroll through the full list of records.  Wildcard searches need an * prefix and suffix and then a click on the search button.  This is very poor usability and notably worse than if I was tying data directly into the lookup column in a table.

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Fubar
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It depends on what you need, if all you are after is a list then you add a metadata record to the Form in question (from Portal/Power Pages Management App) of Type=attribute and set the Control Style to render it as a dropdown 

https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/power-pages/configure/configure-basic-form-metadata#control-style

(but if you need your portal users to create new items in the lookup then you are stuck with the lookup).

 

There is a Site Setting in which you can increase the number of records per page - this setting applies to all lookups not just the one you may be interested in.  

Portal/Lookup/Modal/Grid/PageSize

(if not present its default is 10)

Thanks Fubar

 

I have added a metadata record as suggested:

MJWhite_0-1717173492201.png

 

 And this had clearly had an impact on the Component column, but there is no data showing in the Component dropdown - it just says 'Select'.  Any thoughts on what I might have missed?

MJWhite_1-1717173597597.png

 

 

Hi @Fubar

I've discovered another problem which may be related to (and possibly explain) the problem I described above.

 

When I try to filter a list, the dropdown isn't populated:

MJWhite_0-1717308616718.png

 

When create/edit the filter, the relationship isn't displayed:

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I've checked that relationship exists and is correct:

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And as per the original post, the Lookup functions correctly, it just has poor usability.

 

So something isn't right, but I can't see what it is.  Any thoughts?

 

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