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Dropdown control allow end user to add a choice

A common use for dropdown controls in our organization is to maintain clean data and reduce the human factors of data entry. As an author you don't always know what the possible values are for a dropdown control or what values may be required in the future. To both reduce maintainance of the app as well as provide the value within clean data, I'd like to see functionality added within the dropdown control property editor to give the end-users of the app the ability to add choices within the dropdown control. I do realize this could imply fundamental architectural changes, but personally I think the value for those organizations that would use the feature would justify its creation.

Status: Under Review

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Regular Visitor

You can achieve the same (or nearly the same) functionality currently, though not as concise. If you have the dropdown pointed at a data source to get its options, you can have a text box with an add button that adds the user's input to that data source. To clean it up, you can have an 'Other' option that, when selected, makes an input field visible. On submission of the form, you could have that input added to the source of the options so it is in the dropdown for future users.


Obviously this isn't quite as clean or simple as having the solution built into the dropdown control, but it should be able to do the trick in the meantime for you.

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Status changed to: Under Review

Updating status and adding @FilipK

Advocate V

Any update???

Advocate IV

Excellent idea, badly needed. The workarounds (methods of adding items on the fly) are feasible but still clunky and the Power Apps combo box is probably good enough to accommodate this more slickly.

Frequent Visitor

Any more news on this happening?

New Member

Hi, any update here? I am sitting with a list that needs to be able to receive multiple entries as free text yet remain separated in the column, works perfect in SharePoint, but as soon as the PowerApp is created this functionality stops... I believe it should be a relatively easy update to include the functionality