Create and design model-driven app forms

With Power Apps, forms provide the user interface that people use to interact with the data they need to do their work. It's important that the forms people use are designed to allow them to find or enter the information they need efficiently.

In the default solution or an unmanaged solution, you can create new forms or edit existing forms for all entities that allow form customization. In an unmanaged solution, you can edit the managed properties for an unmanaged custom entity that was created for the solution. If you’re viewing a managed solution, you can’t create new forms or edit existing forms for entities. However, if the managed properties for an entity in the managed solution are set to allow customization, you can add or edit forms to that entity.

Type of forms

There are different types of forms, and each type has a specific functionality or use. More information: Type of forms in Power Apps.

Main form dialogs (Preview)

With the client API, you can use main form dialogs so users can open a related record entity on a parent or base form without navigating away from the form. More information: Open main form in a dialog using client API

Updated versus classic entities

Power Apps provides many options for designing forms. With Unified Interface, most entities were updated to better suit the responsive interface. Updated entities as well as your own custom entities include support for the Dynamics 365 for tablets client, business process flows, and business rules. When you use these entities, you can design once and deploy to all clients.

There are still a number of entities, referred to here as classic entities, that retain the appearance and capabilities from earlier versions. These entities are used less often. They are listed here:

Address Article Article Comment Bulk Delete Operation Connection
Discount Discount List Document Location Email Attachment Follow
Goal Goal Metric Import Source File Invoice Product Order Product
Price List Queue Item Quote Product Rollup Field Rollup Query
Saved View Service Service Activity SharePoint Site Site
Territory Unit Unit Group

Form display FAQ

Why is my form not visible in the form selector drop down in my app?

A form may not be available because it hasn’t been added to the app.

  1. Open the app in app designer.

  2. In the Entity View area select Forms next to the entity.

  3. On the Components tab verify the main forms that are included for the app. Verify that the form you want to display is checked. If not, select it, save, and then publish the app.

Why isn't my form displayed as the default form in the app?

A form can be set as the default form through the form order configuration or when a user sets the default form as a personalization setting.

  1. Open solution explorer. Expand the entity that has the forms your want to order, and then select Forms.

  2. On the toolbar select Form Order > Main Form Set.

  3. The form order is displayed. Select the form and use the up and down arrows to move the form within the form order. The form at the top of the list is the default form.

  4. Select OK to save the form order changes.

  5. On the form designer toolbar, select Publish to make the form order available in apps.

Form order user personalization setting

Notice that, when an app user changes the form selection in the form selector drop down of an app, that form becomes the default form for the user. This personalization overrides the default form specified for the entity in the app.

Assign form order
Control access to forms
How main forms appear in different clients