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Copy App to Multiple Layouts

It would be helpful to have an easy way to replicate Canvas apps/app components in multiple layouts. Basically, after building an app, I could select some of the components and the associated data sources, and copy them to another app with a different layout or function. This would be even more powerful in combination with the Responsive Design idea.

 

This is especially important for workflows using PowerApps that occur in multiple locations ie on the phone, through a SharePoint portal, on a Teams tab, etc.

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Hi @twarson_biz

Does the ability to copy and paste controls across apps help address this issue? 

https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/copy-and-paste-controls-across-canvas-apps-available/ 

We do have some more plans in the works to make reusability of different app components easier. 

 

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Hi @twarson_biz

Does the ability to copy and paste controls across apps help address this issue? 

https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/copy-and-paste-controls-across-canvas-apps-available/ 

We do have some more plans in the works to make reusability of different app components easier. 

 

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@emmacFor very simple apps, copying and pasting just controls is definitely a good shortcut.

 

However, much more time is spent "coding", testing, commenting, and connecting controls to data sources. Having to recreate the most time-consuming part of development multiple times, in multiple apps, is almost a deterrent. Copying and pasting just the controls can create errors, which takes just as much (if not more) time to resolve than recreating from scratch.

 

Again, maybe responsive layouts would resolve much of this, but it just feels like I should be able to quickly create a fully working app/workflow that functions the same on a phone, a tablet, a webpage, a Teams tab, so on, but adjusts to the layout of the platform. Its not the components, its the logic that's the heaviest part and that needs to come along too.

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Agreed with Twarson_biz. If you want to develop for tablet/desktop it's very difficult. Copy/paste of controls from a phone format takes a lot of coding, testing, etc. I'm surprised there aren't good "canned" controls available for tablet/desktop like it is for phone format. Most of the use-cases I develop for the users are at desktops, not on phones. Working from tiny phone screens on a desktop is frankly embarassing to Microsoft and the developer (me).

 

I'm hoping the "responsive design" idea yields results to address this problem. Based on recent release announcements the public preview for this feature has been delayed from Feb 2019 to Apr 2019:  

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/business-applications-release-notes/april19/microsoft-powerapps/cre...