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Attaching multiple files to an e-mail - producing single, unopenable attachment, help?

Hello,

 

    I am building a flow that involves populating a word document and saving it in a sharepoint library then getting that as an attachment as well as getting an attachment from an item in a sharepoint list.  Within both of these subflows, I go through the process of getting the relevant content and appending them to an initialized array variable which is then attached to an e-mail that is sent out if all conditions are met.  I've been working on this for some time and the flow runs and sends the e-mail with an attachment, but there should be two attachments, a pdf and a docx, but instead there is just a single attachment without defined type, of a size (133k) that tells me that the data is in there, but undifferentiated.  How do I sort this out so that the attachments are sent as intended?  Here is some snips of the flow for reference:

 

 

First subflow

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Array variable appending JSON

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Attachment box for Send Email action (I was unable to retrieve the array as dynamic content)

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creativeopinion
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@Anonymous You need to click on this icon to switch the mode. 

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Once you switch the mode you can insert your array variable into the field. However, note that the New Designer is a bit buggy when it comes to attaching attachments to emails. I would recommend switching to the Classic Designer.

 

For more flow troubleshooting tips—check out this YT Tutorial: 5 Power Automate Troubleshooting FAQs and Helpful Tips for Creating Better Flows

 

In this tutorial I cover:

 How to troubleshoot a false Condition action result

 How to get dynamic content when it isn’t selectable from the list of dynamic content

 How to troubleshoot an Apply to Each action that isn’t looping through

 How to troubleshoot a skipped Apply to Each action

 How to troubleshoot a Filter Query

 How to use a SharePoint yes/no column in a Filter Query

 How to use Compose actions to troubleshoot a Power Automate flow

How to troubleshoot multiple emails being sent

 How to troubleshoot multiple Teams messages being sent

 

Hope this helps!

 


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creativeopinion
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@Anonymous You need to click on this icon to switch the mode. 

creativeopinion_0-1708547988742.png

Once you switch the mode you can insert your array variable into the field. However, note that the New Designer is a bit buggy when it comes to attaching attachments to emails. I would recommend switching to the Classic Designer.

 

For more flow troubleshooting tips—check out this YT Tutorial: 5 Power Automate Troubleshooting FAQs and Helpful Tips for Creating Better Flows

 

In this tutorial I cover:

 How to troubleshoot a false Condition action result

 How to get dynamic content when it isn’t selectable from the list of dynamic content

 How to troubleshoot an Apply to Each action that isn’t looping through

 How to troubleshoot a skipped Apply to Each action

 How to troubleshoot a Filter Query

 How to use a SharePoint yes/no column in a Filter Query

 How to use Compose actions to troubleshoot a Power Automate flow

How to troubleshoot multiple emails being sent

 How to troubleshoot multiple Teams messages being sent

 

Hope this helps!

 


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Consider giving me a 👍 if you liked my response! If you're feeling generous— ️  Buy me a coffee: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/acreativeopinion

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Anonymous
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@creativeopinion,

 

    Thank you for the response.  It did help me to a certain extent insofar as I was able to create the expression for separating the two files and having them indicate the right file name and type, but the files are still unusable.  It appears they are both corrupted somehow.  Any ideas as to why this would be?

 

Thanks!

@Anonymous Can you confirm that the file created in this step of your flow opens without issue?

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I'm also unclear at what you mean by separating the two files?... Where are you doing this in your flow? 

 

Anonymous
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Yes, this file opens without issue, it is held in a sharepoint library.  Something happens between adding it to the array variable and attaching it to the email.  There are two files getting attached in this flow.  The first is the MS Word file that gets put in the sharepoint library.  The second is a pdf that resides as an attachment in the sharepoint list that drives most of this flow.  It is appended in this sequence: 

 

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I did have some success in splitting the files by creating two separate array variables, one for the pdf and one for the docx file, and this results in them being attached separately to the e-mail with proper naming and file format....but neither of them is usable, they both show up as corrupted.  Any ideas?

creativeopinion
Super User
Super User

@Anonymous Can you share a full screenshot of your flow? It'll help to see the whole flow. Thx

Anonymous
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@Anonymous You have quite a few nested Conditions at the start of your flow. Have you considered combining these into a single condition? 

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Also, in this condition, you are using the exact same arguments in both branches. You can probably streamline your flow by using an expressions or variables (depends on what you are trying to do here). This way you only need to call these actions once in your flow. Can you provide more insights?

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I would also recommend using the Classic Designer, the New Designer is still a bit buggy. This could also solve the issue you are having with the files. 

 

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