Mastering Form Creation in Power Apps: Integration with SharePoint


Forms play a crucial role in Power Apps, enabling users to create interactive and user-friendly interfaces for data entry and manipulation. This article aims to provide a detailed exploration of forms in Power Apps, focusing on their creation, integration with SharePoint databases, login steps, and highlighting their benefits and limitations.

Benefits of Using Forms

  1. Simplified Data Entry: Forms streamline the process of data entry by providing structured layouts and input controls, enhancing efficiency and accuracy.
  2. Customization: Users can customize form layouts, styles, and behaviors to meet specific requirements and branding guidelines, ensuring a seamless user experience.
  3. Data Validation: Forms support data validation rules, ensuring that only valid data is submitted, thereby improving data quality and integrity.
  4. Integration: Forms seamlessly integrate with various data sources, including SharePoint, SQL, and Dataverse, enabling efficient data retrieval, storage, and manipulation.
  5. Responsive Design: Forms automatically adapt to different screen sizes and orientations, providing a consistent user experience across devices.


  1. Complexity in Design: Creating complex forms with advanced features (e.g., conditional visibility, cascading dropdowns) may require a deeper understanding of Power Apps formulas and expressions.
  2. Performance: Forms with numerous controls or complex data bindings may experience performance issues, such as slow loading times or reduced responsiveness.
  3. Limited Offline Functionality: Power Apps forms rely on an active internet connection to interact with data sources, limiting their usability in offline scenarios.

Before you proceed with creating the form, ensure that you have a SharePoint list set up to connect your form. Create a list named "EmployeeDetails" with the following columns:

Steps to Create a SharePoint List

  1. Navigate to SharePoint: Open SharePoint and navigate to the site where you want to create the list.
  2. Create a New List: Click on "New" > "List" and choose "Custom List" from the options.
    Custom List
  3. Save and Name the List: Provide a name for the list, such as "EmployeeDetails", and click on "Create" to save the list.
  4. Define List Columns: Add columns to the list based on the requirements specified, such as Employee Name (Person & Group type), Employee Mobile No (Number type), Employee ID (Single line text), Employee Address, and Employee DOB (Date Time type).

Step-by-Step Guide to Creating a Form

Creating a Form

Start from

Create 2

  1. Create a New App: Open Power Apps and create a new canvas app.
    Choose list
  2. Connect to SharePoint: Add a SharePoint connector and connect to the "EmployeeDetails" list created in the previous steps.
    Connect to SharePoint
  3. Insert a Form Control: Drag and drop a form control from the Insert menu onto the canvas.
    Insert a Form Control
    Insert menu
  4. Bind Data: Configure the form's DataSource property to point to the connected SharePoint list, enabling data retrieval and submission.
    Bind data
  5. Select Default Mode: Select New type from the dropdown. As we want to make the new form
    Default Mode
    New fprm
  6. Customize Form Layout: Customize the form layout by adding and arranging input controls (e.g., text inputs, dropdowns, date pickers) to capture the required data fields.
    Customize Form Layout
  7. Rename Control for clarity: You can enhance the clarity and organization of your Power Apps by giving your controls descriptive and intuitive names. Follow these steps to rename controls effectively.
  8. Select the Control: Click on the control you want to rename to highlight it.
  9. Access the Rename Option: Right-click on the control or select it and then click on the "..." icon in the properties pane to access the control's options.
  10. Choose Rename: From the context menu or the options panel, select the "Rename" option.
  11. Enter New Name: A text box will appear where you can enter a new name for the control. Choose a name that accurately describes the purpose or content of the control.
  12. Apply the New Name: Once you've entered the new name, press Enter or click outside the text box to apply the change.
  13. Review and Repeat: Review the names of other controls in your app and repeat the renaming process as necessary to ensure consistency and clarity throughout your app
    Review and Repeat
    On select
  14. Configure Submit Action: Configure the form's OnSelect property to define post data in the list. In the OnSelect event, we'll utilize the “SubmitForm” function with our form named "EmployeeDetailForm," which would appear as follows: "SubmitForm(EmployeeDetailForm);"
    Configure Submit Action
    Detail form
  15. Test and Refine: Test the form functionality by previewing the app and submitting test data. Refine the form layout, validation rules, and submission actions based on user feedback and testing results.
    Test and Refine


Forms are essential components of Power Apps, empowering users to create intuitive and efficient data entry interfaces for various business scenarios. Despite some limitations, their benefits in terms of simplified data entry, customization, integration, and responsive design make them indispensable tools for app developers and business users alike. By following the step-by-step guide outlined in this article and considering best practices, users can leverage the full potential of forms in Power Apps to build powerful and user-friendly applications tailored to their specific needs and requirements.

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