Power Apps Combo Box Vs List Box [Which One Best]

When choosing between Power Apps Combo Box and List Box, it’s important to understand the differences between both controls; this helps us determine which one is the best fit for our specific project requirements.

In this Power Apps tutorial, I will explain the differences between a Power Apps Combo box control and a List box control with examples.

Power Apps Combo box Control

The Power Apps Combo box allows users to select a single or multiple items from a list of available choices.

Example:

On my Power Apps screen, I added a Combo box control with language names.

Whenever the user selects multiple values from a combo box, the text label will show the selected values as shown below:

Combo box Power Apps

Follow the below steps to achieve this:

  • Insert a Combo box control and set its Items property to:
["German", "French", "Korean", "Spanish", "Russian", "Indian"]
Combo box in Power Apps
  • Insert a Text label and set its Text property to:
Concat(
    cmb_Language.SelectedItems,
    Value,
    " ; "
)

Where,

cmb_Language = Combo box control name

Power Apps Combo box vs List box
  • SavePublish, 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 [with a delimeter] as shown below:
Power Apps difference between combo box and list box control

This is all about the Power Apps combo box control.

Power Apps List box Control

The Power Apps List box helps us to provide a list of choices, where the user can select a single or multiple values from it.

Users can easily scroll through the list, search for specific items, or even filter the options based on certain criteria.

Example:

I have a SharePoint list [ACGH Clients Details] that has a text column as Country, as shown below:

List box Control in Power Apps

On my Power Apps screen, I have added a List box control and connected it to the above Country column.

Whenever the user selects multiple values from the list box, the Power Apps gallery will be filtered based on it.

Power Apps Combo box vs List box

Follow the below steps to achieve this:

  • On the Power Apps screen, insert a List box control and set its Items property to:
Distinct('ACGH Clients Details',Country)

Where,

  1. ACGH Clients Details = SharePoint list name
  2. Country = SharePoint list column name
Difference between Power Apps Combo box and List box control
  • Insert a Gallery control -> Set its Items property to:
Filter(
    'ACGH Clients Details',
    Country = lst_Country.Selected.Value
)

Where,

  1. ACGH Clients Details = Above SharePoint list name
  2. Country = SharePoint list column name
  3. lst_Country = List box control name
Power Apps List box
  • SavePublish, and Preview the app. Whenever the user selects a single or multiple values from a list box control, the Power Apps gallery will filter and give the records based on the selected value, as shown below:
Difference between Power Apps Combo box vs List box control

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

Power Apps Combo Box vs List Box

Here, I will explain the differences between the combo box and the list box in Power Apps:

Combo Box ControlList Box Control
Power Apps Combo box control vs list box controlCombo box control vs list box control in Power Apps
It allows users to search through a list of items in the combo box control.The list box allows users to make selections from the provided choices.
The Combo box can easily fit in a small space.The list box cannot easily fit in a small space because the values will be listed.
This is suitable when there is a list of choices.A list box is suitable when we want to restrict the input values to be listed.
We can set the multiple selected values as default.We can set the multiple selected value as default, but later the default value will be the first selected value.

Conclusion

I hope this tutorial, with its different examples, helped you understand the main differences between a Power Apps Combo box and a List box control.

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