Create and run an app from a template

Create an app automatically based on a template for specific scenario, and then run it to understand its default behavior. Experiment with how to customize an app, and then save and share it with others.


  • Sign up for PowerApps, install it, open it, and then sign in by providing the same credentials that you used to sign up.


    To use this feature, make sure that you're running release 2.0.510 or later. To identify your release, open the File menu (along the left edge), click or tap Account, and then look under Product information.

  • A cloud-storage account such as DropBox, OneDrive, or Google Drive.

Create an app

  1. From PowerApps Studio for Windows or PowerApps Studio for web, click or tap New (near the left edge of the screen).

    The New option on the File menu

  2. On the App templates tile, click or tap Phone layout.


    You can also create an app from a template for a tablet layout, but this tutorial focuses on the phone option.

    The option to create an app for a tablet or a phone

    A list of templates appears.

  3. If you don't have a connection to a cloud-storage account:

    1. Near the bottom of the screen, click or tap Choose.

      The option to create connection within template view

    2. Click or tap the account that you want to use.

      List connection to create app from template

    3. Provide your credentials, and then click or tap Use to grant access.

      Your connection appears near the bottom of the screen.

  4. In the list of templates, click or tap a template, and then click or tap Use (near the lower-right corner).

    Open a PowerApps template

    The sample data is copied to your cloud-storage account, the app is created, and its home page appears.

Run the app

An app from a template opens in the default workspace, where you'll spend most of your time customizing. Before you make any changes to the app, follow the steps in this section to explore how the app works in Preview mode.


Design and develop apps in the default workspace, but test them in Preview mode before you share them with others.

  1. If you haven't used PowerApps before, take the intro tour (or click or tap Skip).

    Opening screen of the quick tour

    You can always take the tour later by clicking or tapping the question-mark icon near the upper-right corner and then clicking or tapping Take the intro tour.

  2. In the left navigation bar, click or tap the screen that's closest to the top.

  3. Press F5 (or click or tap the right arrow in the upper-right corner) to open the app in Preview mode.

    Button to open Preview mode

    The app is pre-populated with sample data to demonstrate the functionality of the app. For example, the Cost Estimator app contains data for creating appointments and estimating the cost of installing a specific flooring product in a room of a particular size.

  4. Explore the app's default behavior, and verify that the data in your cloud account reflects your changes.

    For example, make an appointment, and create a cost estimate in the Cost Estimator app.

  5. Return to the default workspace by selecting the 'X' icon in the upper-right corner (under the PowerApps title bar).

    Button to close Preview mode

Customize the app

You can customize this or any app in these ways, among others:

Next steps

  1. Press Ctrl-S, give your app a name, and then click or tap Save to save your app to the cloud.
  2. Share your app with other people in your organization.


    Before you share an app, make sure that the people with whom you're sharing it have access to the data. For example, you must share an Excel or other file in a cloud-storage account.