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Forms for SharePointvs.Power Apps

Why use Plumsail Forms instead of Power Apps?

Overcome limitations of Power Apps with Plumsail Forms for SharePoint. Get even more power with a user-friendly form designer to manage your SharePoint lists and customize business forms of any complexity.

Support for SharePoint native features

Despite Power Apps is a Microsoft tool for designing custom SharePoint forms, it doesn't support some basic and essential SharePoint features, such as:

Plumsail Forms supports all these native SharePoint features and continuously publishes updates to stay compatible with new ones.

Content Types

Pretty obvious that we need support for content types. Powerapps list forms are rather useless without it. @cloudadmin

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Extended search results and list formatting

Customizable advanced controls

Do you need features like related items or documents, cascaded drop-downs, or more flexibility in control adjustments? Developing advanced functionality with Power Apps can be time consuming and hence very expensive.

Plumsail Forms for SharePoint has many advanced controls out-of-the-box:

All fields and controls are highly customizable. You can change the view of columns in a table, search results in a dropdown list, the appearance of titles, controls, and dialogs.

Responsive forms

SharePoint forms created with Power Apps cannot be scaled to fit the screen size, which leads to problems using them on different screens. Plumsail Forms are fully responsive by default and also provide an option to design unique layouts for different screens for better user experience.

Demonstration of forms on various devices

In my experience this is difficult to impossible to make SharePoint custom forms responsive with PowerApps. @annasmiles1

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Demonstration of accordion and tab containers

Complex form layouts

Power Apps for SharePoint forms does not offer built-in containers for grouping fields, an essential feature for large forms with a great number of fields. You can create somewhat of a tabbed form or multi-page form, but that will require coding and tons of time.

In Plumsail Forms designer, you can choose from various containers to organize the form content and make your form well structured and give it a cleaner look.

Reuse custom forms

While Power Apps lacks the functionality to reuse custom SharePoint forms, Plumsail Forms has a built-in feature to export and import forms, so you can easily back up or migrate them to other lists.

More than that, with the Plumsail Forms Provisioning framework, you can design custom SharePoint forms once and automate their deployment to other lists, sites, and Microsoft 365 tenants.


Reusing of customised PowerApp form looks painful as you need to recreate the form again for a new list. @Power Platform

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Compare Plumsail Forms & Power Apps

Plumsail Forms
Power Apps forms
Supported SharePoint versionsMicrosoft 365 / SharePoint 2019 / SEMicrosoft 365
Form layoutBootstrap's grid systemColumns and rows
Panel viewYesYes
Open form in full screen from list viewYesNo
Fill-in-blanks formsYesNo
Advanced functionality
Personalized SharePoint formsYesNo
Multilingual formsYesNo
Export form to PDFYesNo
Advanced controls
Cascading drop-downsYes, no codingYes, requires coding
Cross-Site lookupYesPartial support
Related lists and librariesYesYes, requires coding
Repeating tablesYesYes, requires coding
Likert ScaleYesNo
Advanced customization
JavaScript supportYesNo
CSS supportYesNo
HTML supportYesPartial support

This is what Power apps should be. User friendly. Power features. Schultz, Gary T.

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