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Live Class Weds 13 6pm GMT ‘Power Apps Show and Tell’ Book a Spot


2 of the students of my Canvas Apps course have offered to demonstrate their apps to the rest of us and I’m really looking forward to what they have created.  Spaces are free, but limited so sign up soon.

Importantly, they are citizen developers as in they don’t do this for a living, but they managed to create something for themselves and for you that they would like to share.

Details : Matthew Perren will be showing us the app he designed to keep track of stock coming in and out of the neighbourhood free library he runs and Paul, a 59-year-old Stroke survivor who was learning about Power Apps, created a Power App to help Stroke survivors regain movement in their hands & fingers; by practicing the tracing of letters and shapes using a finger or a Digital Pen.  The session will run for 1 hour starting at 6 pm GMT

When : 13 January 2021 Wednesday, 05:55 PM GMT

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In other news – we’re now up to nearly 1300 subscribed to the course.  Admittedly, many people sign up for the course but don’t start, however that’s fine as we are all very limited on time.  Here’s a link to a post on some thoughts around the course here

If you would like to help me on my mission to get 10,000 people signed up please please please go onto the Power Apps community gallery here and give it a like.


Rory Neary MVP MCT ACA

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Project 10000 Students

In Satya Nadella 2019 said that over the next 5 years we would create 500m apps we both really believe that citizen developers hold the key to us becoming a reality and helping us to be truly productive. During 2020 I put together a free course for citizen developers to learn about how to build Canvas Power Apps. I really only set out with the objective of creating the course that I would have wanted when I first started, and here we are 239 lessons later and I need your help.

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Power BI Buttons with Pop ✨ – Aka Unicode and Unichar

Did you know that the human brain processes images up to 60,000 times quicker than text? I haven’t been using Power BI for a little, but it occured to me that it would be nice to have Buttons that were a little more visually appealing. Maybe the 📌or 📆 icons could come in handy? This post shows you how simply you can do this using unicode.

Whilst the above statistic can be disputed it is undoubtedly the case that it’s quicker and the investement of companies into logos of all shapes and sizes suggests that there is an economic value to logos. Check out some stats here

Best Brand Logos Images With Names Collections | Logo images, Logo ...

Unicode provides us with a massive catalogue of 1600 or so images that we can use in our Power BI reports AND our apps. So let’s consider the steps required for them to work in Power BI and apply it to a button

  1. Create a Measure
  2. Add the following to the measure
Txt Filters Navigation = "Filters "&Unichar("128505") --This is a checkbox

3. Create a button
4. Go to the text properties of the button

5. Hit the fx
6. Select the measure you just created

7. Save and close
8. Go to the Action property of the visual, Select Page Navigation and Select the page required
8. That’s it – you’re done!

The image portfolio is very significant and well worth a review. I have catalogued them at the end of this post and down below is another example, this time showing a colour version

Good luck😃

Power Apps, Dataflex and Project Oakdale

Did you know that Project Oakdale is the temporary name for what was until a week or so ago Dataflex for Teams? This is the one where we get a Database plus Power Apps rolled into our Teams licensing. It’s going to be BIG.

It feels like when Prince started calling himself a symbol and so everybody else started saying “The Artist formerly known as Prince”.

Clearly, it’s not ideal, but we will be getting a new name before too long, so watch this space.

In the meantime, please refer yourself to this post here to remind yourself of all the goodness that we are expecting using the product in the future. Every time you read Dataflex, you’ll need to think Oakdale, and in the not too distant future something completely different 🙂

You can also take a look about what we know about the project as it currently stands.

There actually quite a useful post by Mar Mercuri on the Microsoft site setting out a little detail on the product. You can find this here.

Geospatial Maps using Power Apps

Did you know you can create Geospatial Maps using Power Apps? You have to twiddle a few settings, but It’s a lot easier that you think.

It has all the usual things we would expect such as zoom control and satellite versus road view and there’s also an option to cluster the pins.

To follow through the video you’ll need to get hold of the spreasheet I’ve made available at

Other than that, sit back and watch the fireworks start!

In order to have full control of the environment you’ll need to be an environment admin. Personally, I would recommend anyone serious about the power platform to get their own tenant. Microsoft don’t ask me to say this, it’s just that I did it a few years ago and it changed my life.

To get your own tenant you can follow through the following video on PowerApps4Kids. This means that you’re a global admin (super user) and you won’t be restricted in any way.

If this isn’t to your liking you can get a Power Apps community plan, which ironically means you are the only person that can ever use the plan – it’s a personal enviroment. To do that all you need to do is click the button below.

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