Create a responsive menu navigation bar in Canvas Power Apps using Gallery control
Published May 08 2023 12:00 AM 20.6K Views
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My name is Rachel Irabor, I am a Microsoft Learn Student Ambassadors, Power Platform and Dynamics 365 CE developer. I love writing blog posts to document my learning. 

 

In this blog post I will show how to use two Gallery control in one screen and how to create responsive menu navigation bar in Canvas Power Apps using Gallery control and Collection, which you can use to navigate to different screens in your application. 


In Power Platform, Gallery controls are used to display a collection of data in a list or grid format. A Gallery control can be used to display a set of records from a data source, such as a SharePoint list, Excel table, or Common Data Service entity.

 

The Gallery control provides a flexible layout and allows users to interact with the data displayed. It can be used to display images, text, and other data types.

Some common properties of a Gallery control in Power Platform include:

  • Items: This property specifies the collection of data to be displayed in the Gallery control.
  • Layout: This property determines the arrangement of items in the Gallery control, such as whether they are displayed in a list or a grid.
  • Template: This property specifies the design and layout of each item in the Gallery control.
  • OnSelect: This property specifies the action to be taken when a user selects an item in the Gallery control.

By using Gallery controls in Power Platform, users can create dynamic and interactive interfaces for displaying and interacting with data.

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Steps by Step Process

Step 1:

Login into your Power Apps environment 

Click on Blank app 

 

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Step 2:

On Blank canvas apps, click on Create

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Step 3

Name your Application 

Format, select Tablet 

Next click on Create

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Step 4:

Click on App at the left side of your screen

At the left hand side of the screen, go to the properties and find OnStart

Create a local data source in your application, using collections.

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 ClearCollect(
        colNavigationMenu,
        {
            Row: 1,
            Title: "Home Screen",
            Image:Icon.Home,
            ScreenName: 'Home Screen'
        },
        {
            Row: 2,
            Title: "Profile",
            Image: Icon.Person,
            ScreenName: 'Profile Screen'
        },
        {
            Row: 3,
            Title: "My Library",
            Image: Icon.Notebook,
            ScreenName: 'Library Screen'
        },
        {
            Row: 4,
            Title: "Available Books",
            Image: Icon.AddLibrary,
            ScreenName: 'Available Books Screen'
        },
        {
            Row: 5,
            Title: "FAQ",
            Image: Icon.Message,
            ScreenName: 'FAQ Screen'
        },
        {
            Row: 6,
            Title: "Contact us",
            Image: Icon.Mail,
            ScreenName: 'Contact Us Screen'
        }
    )

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you notice from the second screen, we have errors for Screen Name which is the name of the screen we want each Icon to Navigate to but first let's add Gallery control to Screen1

 

Add a Gallery Control

Step 6:

Click on Screen1 at the left hand side of your screen

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Step 6 

Click on Insert

 Next, click on Vertical gallery 

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Step 7

Change the layout of the Gallery control from Image,title and subtitle to Blank 

  • Click on the Gallery control
  • Go to the left hand side of the screen, On layout click on the dropdown and change it from Image, title and subtitle to Blank  

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Step 8 

On Position, change the X and Y property of the Gallery to 0 and 111

On Size, change the Width and Height property of the Gallery to 166 by 654

 

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If you noticed the collection we created, it has different names of screens. We need to add more screen to the Apps 

 

Step 9

Click on New screen 

Click on Blank Screen 

Rename the Screen from Screen 2 to Home Screen

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Repeat Step 9 to add Profile Screen, Library Screen, Available Screen, FAQ Screen and Contact us Screen. 
You can easily edit the screen on the collection depending on how many screens you have in your Application and also the name of the screen 

 

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Step 10

On the Menu Screen or Screen 1. Click on the Gallery control

On the item property of the Gallery control change it from CustomGallerySample to

 

 

 

 

 

 

colNavigationMenu

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Step 11

Add a text label control to the Gallery

  • Click on the edit icon in the Gallery control 
  • Click on Insert 
  • Next, select Text label control 

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Step 12

Go back and change the height and width property of the Gallery control

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Step 13

Add the Home icon to the Gallery control 

Click on insert 

On the search bar, search for Home 

Please ensure home icon is inside the Gallery control as seen in the screenshot below

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Step 14

Change icon property of the icon from Icon.Home to 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ThisItem.Image

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Step 15

Adjust the Gallery by clicking on the edit icon in the Gallery control 

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Step 16

Change the font of the icon from blue to black 

  • Click on the icon 
  • Go to the color property 
  • Change it from RGBA(0, 18, 107, 1) to black 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RGBA(0,0,0,1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Step 17

  • Click on the Label control 
  • Change the Onselect property from false to 

 

 

 

 

 

Navigate(ThisItem.ScreenName)​

 

 

 

 

 

  • Next, go the Text property of the Label control 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ThisItem.Title

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Step 18

Adjust the Label control 

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Step 19

Add the Hamburger icon to the Menu Bar Screen 

  • Click on Insert 
  • Search for Hamburger on the search bar 
  • Click on the Hamburger icon 
  • Change the X and Y property of the Hamburger icon to 0 
  • Change the Width and Height property to 64 and 45 (Check the images below)

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Step 20

Create a variable in the onselect property of the Hamburger icon 

Click on the Hamburger icon and the Onselect property of the hamburger to 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Set(IsExpand,!IsExpand)

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Click on the label control and change the Visibility property of the label control from true to 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IsExpand

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Step 21

Change the color property of the Hamburger icon to black see Step 

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Step 22

Add a button control to the Gallery 

  • Click on the Gallery 
  • Click on Insert 
  • Click on the button control and add it inside the gallery 
  • Adjust the button to cover the icon and label control in the Gallery 
  • Clear the text inn the Text property of the button control. Click on the button, at the left hand side search for the text property 

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Step 23

Hide the Button control 

  • Click on the button control
  • Next, on the properties of the button control. Search for the Fill property and change to

 

 

 

 

 

RGBA(0,0,0,0)​

 

 

 

 

 

  • Next, go the HoverFill property of the button control and change to 

 

 

 

 

 

Self.Fill​

 

 

 

 

 

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Step 24

Next, click on the Gallery 

Go to the Template fill property 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If(ThisItem.IsSelected, RGBA(221, 221, 222, 1), RGBA(0, 0, 0, 0))

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Step 25

Control the User's experience of the Gallery 

  • Adjust the Width of the Gallery control to 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If(IsExpand,214,70)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Step 26

Click on the button control in the Gallery 

At the left hand side, search for the Onselect property of the buttton and change to 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Navigate(ThisItem.ScreenName)

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Click on the icon in the Gallery control and change it to 8

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Step 27

Adjust the Menu bar gallery 

  • Adjust the template size to 80
  • Adjust the Height of the Gallery control to 654 

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Step 28

Change the background colour of the Screen

Click on the screen 

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Step 29

When any of the icons or screens is clicked on its shows the button to change this. Click on the button and change 

Hover Fill Property of the button to 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Self.Fill

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pressed Fill property to 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RGBA(0,0,0,0)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Step 30

Add the second Gallery to the Screen 

  • Click on Insert and select Vertical Gallery
  • Change the Layout of the gallery control to Title, subtitle and body 

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Step 31

  • Change the height property of the Gallery to 588
  • Change the Y property to 177
  • Expand the Gallery control by changing the Width to 1152

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Step 32

Change the X property of the Gallery control to 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gallery1.Width

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Step 33

Click on the Gallery control 

Search for the TemplateFill and change to 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Color.WhiteSmoke

 

 

 

 

 

 

TemplateSize to 138 

TemplatePadding to 20

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Step 34

Inside the Gallery control, delete the Separator. Click on it at the left hand side of the screen. 
Click on the Navigation icon and change the Visibility property from true to 

 

 

 

 

 

 

false

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Step 35

Click on the Gallery control 

At the right hand side, turn off the Show scrollbar 

At the right hand side, turn on Show navigation 

While on the Gallery control, change the BorderColor property of the Gallery control to 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RGBA(0,0,0,0)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Step 36

Connect your data source to the Gallery control

 

Thank you for reading 

 

Learning resources 

There are several learning references available for Gallery controls in Power Platform.

  1. Microsoft Power Apps documentation: The official documentation for Power Apps, which is a part of Power Platform, includes a section on Gallery controls. This documentation provides an overview of Gallery controls and their properties, along with step-by-step instructions for creating and customizing Gallery controls. You can access this documentation at https://docs.microsoft.com/powerapps/maker/canvas-apps/controls/control-gallery-overview.

  2. Microsoft Learn: Microsoft Learn is a free online learning platform that offers courses and tutorials on various topics related to Microsoft technologies, including Power Platform. The platform includes several courses and modules on Power Apps and Power Automate, which cover topics such as creating Gallery controls and customizing their design and functionality. You can access Microsoft Learn at https://docs.microsoft.com/learn/.

  3. YouTube tutorials: There are several YouTube channels that offer tutorials on Power Platform and Gallery controls. Some popular channels include Shane Young, April Dunnam, Reza Dorrani, and Guy in a Cube. These channels offer step-by-step tutorials on creating and customizing Gallery controls, along with other Power Platform features. You can search for these channels on YouTube or visit their websites for more information.

  4. Power Apps community: The Power Apps community is a community where users can ask questions, share ideas, and learn from others about Power Platform. The community includes a section on Samples and Gallery controls, where users can find tips, tricks, and best practices for using and customizing Gallery controls. You can access the Power Apps community at https://pnp.github.io 

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