Power Apps Button With Icon And Text

Power Apps Button With Icon And Text

Icons can easily be added to Power Apps buttons with a little bit of creative coding. The trick is to place an icon on top of the button. Then trigger both the icon and button to change color when an invisible overlay above them is pressed. We can add a subtle hover effect on the button too. In the Power Apps article, I will teach you how to make a button with an icon and text.

Table of Contents:
• Introduction: The Save ButtonAdd A Container To Hold The Button & IconCreate A Power Apps Button Inside The ContainerInsert An Icon Into The ContainerPosition An Overlay Button Above The Icon & Save ButtonChange Icon & Save Button Color When Pressed




Introduction: The Save Button

The Save button can be clicked while filling out a form to save the user’s progress. This Power Apps button has an icon and words Save. When a user presses the button both the icon and text change color at the same time.




Add A Container To Hold The Button & Icon

Open Power Apps Studio and start a new app from blank. Add a container control to the app. The Power Apps button with an icon will be built inside of the container to make it easier to maintain.



Change the height and width properties of the container to the values below.

Height: 80
Width: 240




Create A Power Apps Button Inside The Container

Insert a new button named btn_Save into the container.



Make the button fill the entire space inside the container by updating its properties with the values below. It the container is re-sized, the button will re-size itself too. This makes our button with an icon re-usable in other places.

Height: con_SaveButton.Height-Self.BorderThickness
Width: con_SaveButton.Width-Self.BorderThickness
X: Self.BorderThickness/2
Y: Self.BorderThickness/2



Update the button’s text to the word Save. Position the text on the right side of the button. Leave a blank space for a button on the left-side.



Change the button properties to this code to re-position the text.

Align: Center
PaddingLeft 80
PaddingRight: 0
PaddingTop: 0
PaddingBottom: 0



We want the button background to be green to indicate that saving is a positive action.



Use these values to update the button’s style.

BorderColor: RGBA(40,167,69,1)
Color: White
Fill: RGBA(40,167,69,1)




Insert An Icon Into The Container

Create a Save icon named ico_Save and place it in the container. Position the icon to the left of the Save text.



Give the icon these color and fill property values.

Color: White
Fill: Transparent




Position An Overlay Button Above The Icon & Save Button

To make the icon and the save button’s color change at the same time they need to be triggered by common event. We will place a transparent button on top of the other controls. Then, when the transparent button’s pressed output property changes to true the icon and button will change color.

Insert a new button called btn_Overlay into the container.



Position the new overlay button directly over top of btn_Save.

Height: btn_Save.Height
Width: btn_Save.Width
X: btn_Save.X
Y: btn_Save.Y



Remove any text from the overlay button and make it transparent.



Use this code to make the button see-through. Notice the HoverFill property is not fully transparent. This gives the button a subtle hover effect.

BorderStyle: BorderStyle.None
Color: Transparent
Fill: Transparent
DisabledColor: Transparent
DisabledFill: Transparent
HoverColor: Transparent
HoverFill: RGBA(0,0,0,0.05)
PressedColor: Transparent
PressedFill: Transparent




Change Icon & Save Button Color When Pressed

The icon and save button must change color at the same time when pressed. Initially the button is green and the text is white.



When the button is pressed its colors become inverted. The button is white with a green border and the icon turns green.



Use this code in btn_Save to change its Color property and Fill property when btn_Overlay is pressed.

Color: If(
    btn_Overlay.Pressed,
    RGBA(40,167,69,1),
    White
)

Fill: If(
    btn_Overlay.Pressed,
    White,
    RGBA(40,167,69,1)
)



And use this code in ico_Save to change its Color when btn_Overlay is pressed.

Color: If(
    btn_Overlay.Pressed,
    RGBA(40,167,69,1),
    White
)



Test the button to make sure its style properties behave as expected. Add any code that should be executed when the button is pressed in its OnSelect property.





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Andrea F.
1 year ago

Another great way to add Icons to your Controls is to use the Windows unicode icons. By pressing Win + . you can add those icons to the text property of your control without having to add multiple controls for just one button. 😍

Ciro
Ciro
1 year ago

Won my LIKE. I learned a lot. Thank you !!!

Jordan F
Jordan F
1 year ago

Great post! I have been using a label, icon and a rectangle shape overlay in a container. Any reason to favor the button over the shape or the label?

Tony.zhang
Tony.zhang
1 year ago

Dear Matthew,

Many thanks for your kindly sharing. It was really usefull for me. I can lear it step by step and success.

I have one question.Can I use the image as an icon? Beacuse there was no right one I like to use. Then I need to make the self-made. But if I use the seld-made, I can’t totally made the same button as you tought.

so, do you have some ideas?

Many thanks.

Tony.zhang
Tony.zhang
1 year ago

Hi, Matthew

thanks for your quick reply!
You mean only the SVG formate is OK?

thanks

Nathan
Nathan
1 year ago

Stumbled upon you blog via a search and absolutely love it. I’m going to recommend it to my customers. I do have a question about this post that I feel like I should know but I’m probably doing something stupid. When I try to place the save icon into the container on the button, it ends up below the container/button. In Tree View it is in the container branch but in the GUI is it under the container and can’t be moved. What am I doing wrong?! Thanks!

Erik J.
Erik J.
1 year ago

Do you also have any function that can trigger while hovering over element?

Reiner
Reiner
1 year ago

That calls for a component, doesn‘t it??

Chris G.
Chris G.
1 year ago

Awesome post and thanks for sharing! I learned heaps.
Question: Where do I add the code in btn_Save

Mohamad
Mohamad
1 year ago

I am new to Power apps, but the way this looks, this isn’t low code anymore, this is complexity in the most basic standards of html & CSS.

Nels
Nels
1 year ago

Thanks for this post really clear.

Can I ask you Matthew how could you manage changing an icon on click to manage e.g status looping between few icon’s [Office,Home,QuestionMark,Blocked] like a state machine.

Idea is to give the ability to the end user to change a status just clicking, but since I have more than 2 status I do not found a way for.

Nels.

Brecht
Brecht
4 months ago

Would be great if I could make this responsive. Is there any way?

NickP
NickP
4 months ago

thanks a lot !

Raphael Melo
Raphael Melo
2 months ago

Hi Matthew! Great tip.
How can I create that same item in a component library? As many parameters its not available, like the “button.pressed”

Samuel
Samuel
1 month ago

I have come to the point where I need to put these functions inside btn_save, but they just don’t work. Specifically, PowerApps for some reason doesn’t recognize “BorderThickness”.

Height: con_SaveButton.Height-Self.BorderThickness
Width: con_SaveButton.Width-Self.BorderThickness
X: Self.BorderThickness/2
Y: Self.BorderThickness/2
Craig Gers
Craig Gers
10 days ago

You have efficient and helpful articles. Thank you. Great work and who doesn’t appreciate a cat?