Exploring Power Apps Controls


Welcome to the next installment of our Power Apps series! In this article, we'll dive deep into the world of Power Apps controls. Controls are the building blocks of Canvas Apps, allowing you to create interactive user interfaces that drive engagement and productivity. We'll explore the various types of controls available in Power Apps, their features, and how to use them effectively to design compelling applications.


Buttons are versatile controls that enable users to trigger actions within your app. Here's a step-by-step guide to using buttons in Power Apps



  1. Adding a button: Drag and drop a button control from the control panel onto your canvas.
  2. Configuring properties: Customize the appearance and behaviour of the button by adjusting properties such as text, color, size, and alignmentOnselect
  3. Defining on select action: Specify the action to be performed when the button is clicked using the OnSelect property. This can include navigating to another screen, submitting a form, Notify any alert message or executing a functionIcon
  4. Adding icons: Enhance the visual appeal of the button by adding icons from the icon library or uploading custom icons.
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  5. Text inputs: Text inputs allow users to enter text or numeric data into your app. Here's how to incorporate text inputs into your Power Apps
  6. Inserting a text input control: Place a text input control on your canvas and resize it according to your layout requirements.
  7. Customizing properties: Configure properties such as default text, format, maximum length, and validation rules to control the input behavior.
  8. Binding to data: Bind the text input control to a data source field to capture user input and store it in your app's data model.
  9. Implementing validation: Use formulas to implement validation rules such as required fields, data type validation, and custom validation messages to ensure data integrity.
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Labels are used to display static text or dynamic content in your app. Follow these steps to utilize labels effectively:

  1. Placing a label control: Drag a label control onto your canvas and position it where you want the text to appear.
  2. Setting text properties: Customize properties such as text, font size, color, alignment, and text decoration to style the label according to your design preferences.
  3. Dynamic content: Use formulas to dynamically populate label text with data from data sources or calculated values based on app logic.
  4. Formatting: Apply formatting options such as bold, italic, underline, and text alignment to enhance the visual presentation of the label.


Galleries are powerful controls for displaying collections of data in your app. Here's how to create and customize galleries in Power Apps

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  1. Inserting a gallery control: Add a gallery control to your canvas and configure its layout (e.g., vertical, horizontal, or custom) and appearance.
  2. Binding data: Connect the gallery to a data source by setting its Items property to the collection or data table you want to display.
  3. Customizing layout: Customize the gallery layout by adjusting properties such as item size, spacing, orientation, and template design.
  4. Implementing interactivity: Enable user interaction by adding actions such as item selection, navigation, filtering, and sorting to the gallery.


Forms provide a structured layout for capturing and editing data in your app. Here's how to create and customize forms using Power Apps


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  1. Adding a form control: Insert a form control onto your canvas and configure its layout (e.g., single-column or multi-column) and appearance.
  2. Binding data: Connect the form to a data source by setting its Data Source property to the data table or record you want to edit.
  3. Configuring fields: Add data entry controls such as text inputs, dropdowns, checkboxes, and date pickers to the form layout.
  4. Implementing validation: Define validation rules for form fields to ensure data accuracy and completeness before submission.
  5. Submitting data: Implement form submission logic to save changes back to the data source, including error handling for validation failures or data conflicts.


Controls are essential components of Power Apps that empower you to create rich and interactive user experiences. By mastering the use of buttons, text inputs, labels, galleries, and forms, you can design powerful applications that streamline processes, enhance productivity, and drive business value. In the next article of our Power Apps series, we'll explore advanced control features and techniques to take your app development skills to the next level. Stay tuned for more insights and practical tips on leveraging Power Apps controls effectively.

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