Power Apps Combo Box Vs Dropdown [Know the Differences]

While working with Power Apps controls, it’s important to know the differences between each and every control. Similarly, we must know the differences between a Power Apps Combo box and a Dropdown control. Both controls are useful for user-friendly applications.

In this Power Apps tutorial, I will explain the difference between a Power Apps Combo box control and a Dropdown control.

Also, we will see the major differences between a Combo box control and a Dropdown control in Power Apps with a simple example from each.

Refer to the image below how those controls look like:

Power Apps Combo Box Vs Dropdown

Power Apps Combo box Control

The Power Apps Combo box control helps us provide a list of choices from which the user can select a single or multiple values.

Example:

In Power Apps, I have a Combo box control [Country] that contains different countries.

Whenever the user selects a single or multiple values from the Combo box, that will be displayed on a text label. By default, the user can select or deselect the selected value, as shown below:

Combo box in Power Apps

Follow the below steps to achieve this:

  • Insert a Combo box control and set its Items property as:
["Canada", "United States", "Germany", "Australia", "Spain"]
Power Apps Combo box Control example
  • Add a Text label and set its Text property as:
Concat(
    cmb_Country.SelectedItems,
    Value,
    " ; "
)

Where,

  1. cmb_Country = Combo box control name
Difference between Power Apps Combo box and dropdown control
  • Save, Publish, and Preview the app. Whenever the user selects single or multiple values from a combo box control, that will be displayed on a text label as shown below:
Power Apps Combo box vs Dropdown

This is all about the Power Apps combo box control.

Power Apps Dropdown Control

The Power Apps Dropdown control helps user to provide a list of values, where the user can select a particular value from it.

Example:

I have a Dropdown control [Interview Status] that contains various statuses as [Approved, Rejected, and On-hold].

Whenever the user selects a single value from the dropdown, that will be displayed on a text label, and we cannot deselect the selected value, as shown below:

Power Apps Combo box vs Dropdown

Follow the below steps to achieve this:

  • Insert a Dropdown control -> Set its Items property to:
["Approved" ,"Rejected", "On-hold"]
Dropdown Control in Power Apps
  • Insert a Text label -> Set its Text property to:
drp_InterviewStatus.Selected.Value

Where,

  1. drp_InterviewStatus = Dropdown control name
Dropdown vs Combo box in Power Apps
  • Save, Publish, and Preview the app. Whenever the user selects a single value from a dropdown control, that will be displayed on a text label as shown below:
What are the differences between Power Apps Combo box and Dropdown control

As per the above section, I have explained about a Power Apps dropdown control. Now, let’s check what are the differences between the Power Apps combo box and dropdown control.

Power Apps Combo Box vs Dropdown

In detail, I will show you the main differences between the Power Apps combo box and dropdown.

Power Apps Combo boxPower Apps Dropdown
Power Apps Combo box control vs dropdown controlPower Apps Drop down vs Combo box
The combo box allows multiple items to be selected.The dropdown allows a single item to be selected.
It allows us to search through a list of items in the combo box control.
Combo box Power Apps
The dropdown doesn’t have any searching capabilities.
The combo box can show the items up to the app limit [Power Apps combo box can only deal with 2000 records].The user can unselect the selected value in a combo box by default.
By default, the user can unselect the selected value in a combo box.When the user needs to select an empty selection, by default, AllowEmptySelection property is false unless we set it to true.
Power Apps Combo box offers guidance by providing a “Tooltip” property as a small pop-up message when the user hovers over the combo box, assisting them in choosing an option.When the user doesn’t select any value from the dropdown control, we can insert a text label control with a default message such as “Please select”.

These are the main differences between the Power Apps combo box and dropdown control.

Conclusion

This Power Apps tutorial helped you to understand the overview of a Power Apps Combo box control and a Dropdown control with an example.

Also, our tutorial highlights the differences between the Power Apps Combo box and the Dropdown control.

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