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Printing

As this is designed for ENTERPRISE, printing from the within the APPS will make PowerApps superior to Excel and even ERP / SAP system.
If ONENOTE can be accomplished (for printing) after our request, why not PowerApps.

 

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An update on progress here:

First of all, a sincere thank you to all the folks who filled out the survey. (https://aka.ms/pa-printing ) We, the product team, have leveraged a lot of this information in our work on these features. We are still accepting responses for those who have not had the opportunity to fill it out.

We realize this Idea has been open for a long time as we’ve prioritized other items, but this is very top of mind for us. Reflected in this printing Idea, there are several different asks here for different types of “printing”. I want to be entirely transparent and break these different requests out to give those a feel for the direction of the platform for each of these needs.

  1. Report generation capabilities – This request is document-style reports with visualizations that provide additional control, like which tables expand horizontally and vertically to display all their data and continue from page to page as needed.  Think of this as generating fixed-layout documents optimized for printing and archiving, such as PDF and Word files. Currently there are existing methods of doing this today on the platform. People creating canvas apps with SQL leverage SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS).  People using CDS are leveraging the CDS reporting capabilities available to them (backed by SSRS). PowerBI Paginated Reports are now generally available for use as well. Long term, the strategy here for PowerApps is to become more integrated with PowerBI to allow a common report generation story for the platform. At the PowerApps Vision and Roadmap session at the Microsoft Business Application Summit when this question was asked, the answer is that we want to avoid having both PowerBI Reporting Services AND a hypothetical “PowerApps Reporting Services”.  We don’t currently have a further timeline to share, but our teams continue to work together on this integration.
  2. Export to PDF from a canvas app – This request comes from a lot of InfoPath, Access, and LotusNotes users, in addition to many many other people who want to print PDFs as part of invoices, summaries, status updates, work orders etc. We hear you that there will always be a need for having a readable output and archiving whether it is all digital or still requiring paper. This request also came from people who were leveraging SharePoint and other data sources without reporting capabilities.  Today, users are leveraging Flow with the Word connector to create word documents to become PDFs, and another strategy is writing HTML to use with Flow to create a document using OneDrive, or other connectors with convert to PDF capabilities. These options are available today but require some knowledge of HTML and some effort to accomplish. The plan is to provide a simple way to export the contents of a printable screen to a PDF from a canvas app, primarily focusing on the export form scenario. This allows users who use all different data sources to create PDFs using skills they know. However, this solution is not intended to be the answer for really long table heavy documents, banded or cross tab reports​, as well as a few other advanced scenarios. These features can be found in the Report generation solutions provided in Number 1. Now, the work on this particular item has already started, and we have been working on the infrastructure to enable this capability. This is a complex problem, with a lot of different requirements and this is expected to be delivered in 2020.
  3. Export to Excel– We don’t currently have any plans to support this as a further capability. PowerBI Paginated Reports have this as a capability. In canvas apps, you can connect and write to excel today through a connector to write to the templates needed. Additionally, most data sources themselves (CDS, SharePoint and others) have the capability to export data to excel.
  4. Generate Barcodes & print bar codes – This ask is covered by number 1.
  5. Printing direct to a printer – This is something that users will still have to configure for themselves utilizing existing device and browser capabilities and defaults. However, the first parts of this ask involving getting a prinatable output should be covered in 1&2.

To sum up: PowerBI Reporting Services and Paginated Reports is to become more integrated with PowerApps. Canvas Apps export to PDF is a separate capability to arrive in 2020.

As always, your feedback is appreciated. This is a top ask in our community and it is being taken seriously.

Comments
Mh2
Level: Powered On

I need it urgently, please. My clients keep asking me this function!

Level: Power Up

How is this still "in the pipeline" 3 years down the line? I find this extremely difficult to swallow and feel a meaningful update on the progress of this should be delivered.

 

Please Microsoft, let us know what is happening and give us a roadmap for release?

Level: Powered On

Nearly 3 years after the suggestion and not a peep about the progress until a survey was posted last week.  Seriously?   Sometimes I really wonder what Microsoft was thinking with PowerApps given the number of blatantly obvious features which aren't implemented.  Do you guys EVER talk to your customers?  How could you NOT implement some sort of printing functionality, even if it resulted in printing from the browser directly?  You guys should've just kept moving forward with InfoPath.

 

The existing "workarounds" to print something are too time intensive for me to implement for large forms.  My client is not happy, and neither am I.    

 

 

Level: Powered On

It has been 3 years now.  Is there any update on this?

Level: Powered On

I found an ok workaround....I create the form in MS Word - center everything on the page in tables.  Save the doc as an HTML doc.  Add the fields to the HTML in appropriate table cells, save the HTML doc contents in an HTML text field on the PowerApp form.  When the user opens an existing PowerApp record and selects "Print" I run a Flow that saves the HTML doc to a library and then launches it.  I put a print button on the HTML form.  It's not elegant, but from a user's perspective they request a print from the PowerApp form, the form opens in a browser with a print button, they print and viola!

 

Still want a solution from MS as this was not an easy workaround.

Mh2
Level: Powered On

Please keep us update. I would like to use it on April and this is very important for us!

Level 8

@Mh2 There is no way this will be ready for April. I think you would be lucky to look at June.

I would suggest looking into the suggestion above you to import a template table and fill it via flow.

Level: Powered On

June would work, but we need it confirmed.

CNT
Level: Powered On

Powerapps team, please give us some update on the status. Urgently need to print. What's up?

Level: Powered On

This is such a desperatley needed function!!!! I just spend 3 days selling in powerapps to management and building a complex form and now have hit a brick wall because there is no easy way to print.  They will 100% decline this new proccess and I will look stupid for not checking. Glad to see this in progress but i honestly believe this should be #1 priority in the pwoerapps team. Yes i have seen the html workarounds but when you have a very large dynamic form this is not an option