Create a Phone Messages PowerApp from a SharePoint List
An Office 365 tutorial by Peter Kalmström
the previous demo we studied
the basics of PowerApps and created a PowerApp from a SharePoint
In the demo below, Peter Kalmström, CEO and Systems
Designer of kalmstrom.com Business Solutions, shows how
to create a PowerApp from a Phone Messages SharePoint list.
In our series SharePoint Online from Scratch, there are
several demos on how to
enhance a SharePoint Phone Messages list, but here Peter
uses a simple list as an example on PowerApp creation.
Create a Phone Messages PowerApp
In the Phone Messages list, click on 'PowerApps'
in the command bar and select 'Create an app'.
Give the PowerApp a name and click on 'Create'.
The new app will now open at create.powerapps.com. It will
have a touch friendly design, but the fields shown in the
Browse mode is not optimal, so Peter has to modify it:
Modify the Phone Messages PowerApp Browse screen
automatic PowerApp creation has given the Browse screen
a star rating connected to the ID column, which has no meaning.
Peter removes it and adds the person called field instead,
which is of course much more interesting!
PowerApps has been changed since the demo was created. Therefore,
point 2 below does not correspond with the demo. If you
want to add a field, follow the steps in the description,
not the steps in the demo.
To remove the rating, select the field and press
the delete key on the keyboard.
To add the Called field, select the first card in
the Browse screen and click on ‘Label’ under the Insert
tab. Connect it to the Called field by writing 'Called'
after 'ThisItem.' IntelliSense will give you suggestions
when you start writing.
As 'Called' is a person object, you have to specify
which property you want to include in the field. Select
'DisplayName' from the dropdown that is shown when you
add a dot after 'Called'.
Search and filter
Peter shows how to search a PowerApp, but currently it is
only possible to search text fields in PowerApps. This means
that users cannot search for their own messages in the app,
as 'Called' is a column of the type Person or Group.