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Explore the app preview

Use the app preview to interact with and make changes to your live app, as shown below. When you select an automation component within a bot in the main pane, you can also configure automation settings in this pane.
Remember that you are interacting with the live app. Any data changes you make while interacting with the app preview are saved. 

Visual editor

 As highlighted in the figure, using app preview you can:

  • Turn on the Edit toggle to use the visual editing tools while previewing the live app. Turn off the Edit toggle to preview the live app without showing the visual editing tools.
  • Click the mobile, tablet, or desktop (preview) icon to preview the live app in the selected format.
  • Open the app in a browser.
  • Set the email to use when previewing the live app. See Test apps.
  • Access the view or table currently displayed. 

See also Explore the AppSheet app editor.

Turn on the new desktop design, currently in preview, to optimize the user experience.
 
If the new desktop design is turned on, Desktop icon desktop (preview) is displayed in the top banner and when you click  to open the app in a browser, AppSheet displays the new desktop design.
 
If the new desktop design is turned off, then   Desktop icon desktop (preview) is not displayed in the top banner and when you click  to open the app in a browser, AppSheet displays the legacy desktop experience.

Use the visual editing tools

The visual editing tools are only available in the improved app editor. They are being rolled out gradually to all AppSheet users.

Turn on the Edit toggle to use the visual editing tools while previewing the live app. 

Visual editing tools

As shown above, when Edit is turned on as you position your cursor over a component in the visual editor, you can click Visual edit icon to edit settings for the component. In some cases, a drop-down list displays to allow you to edit data, column settings, and column order, or view type-specific settings and data sources.  

Turn off the Edit option to preview the live app without showing the visual editing tools.

Configure automation settings

When you select an automation component within a bot in the main pane, for a subset of components you can click Settings (gear icon) to configure related settings. The Settings pane replaces the app preview.

Settings pane in editor

 

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