Convert you existing text fields into Autonumber field with the new entity designer in powerapps in Dynamics 365

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A nice feature added to the platform ..

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/powerapps/maker/common-data-service/autonumber-fields

Wish they had added in the classic solution explorer as well, having 2 different interfaces only creates chaos, it reminds me of  Windows 7 and Windows RT

Debajit’s Dynamic CRM Blog

Well this has long been awaited for. And how many times I had my customer walking up to me and ask – “I have an existing field. Do CRM provide Autonumber feature? Can I convert an existing text field to AutoNumber field?”.

Till this point my answer was Yes but with a suffix“but” in it.

However going forward you can with the new entity designer in power apps.

So you can select Primary Attribute Number field of your entity and covert it to AutoNumber type now.

Below I open the OOB Account Number field and set the Data Type from Text to AutoNumber.

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Short and sweet. Isn’t it?

P.S – Only existing text fields could be converted into Auto Number Type. You can off-course create a new Auto Number Type field.

Hope this helps!

Debajit Dutta

(Dynamics MVP)

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