Showing results for 
Search instead for 
Did you mean: 
Helper I
Helper I

Building Power Automate flow



I am beginner, and trying to build a flow in power automate to update the column in my SharePoint folder against the files (With extension) matching Names (Without extension) in an excel sheet in SharePoint folder with corresponding comments in the excel sheet.  


Here is the snapshot of my flow, i am getting error as Update file properties not accepting the ID.


My flow may be wrong, as I need to input dynamic ID which matches the file name and update corresponding comments.


Please help suggest to achieve the results...


My Excel looks like:




My Flow looks like:












Accepted Solutions

That looks right though it might just be a lot to process and you might have to break it out into batches. Is there any way to reduce the amount of files it needs to process? Maybe by the date the file was last modified? 

View solution in original post

Helper I
Helper I

Yes i think we can batch them based on the date file is created, i observed aprox 500 files created yearly and expecting it will increase going forward, also we can batch the data in excel in to different tables and use them.


could you please suggest what is the best way? and how we can use as batches in the loops to avoid timeout? Appreciate your help here...

View solution in original post

@creativeopinion thanks a lot for your help and appreciate your guidelines for beginners, i finally achived it and found that the main cause for "File with ID missing in the sharepoint folder" is due to many running flows from long time in my "Run History", which it seems causing missing file error.


Secondly as suggested by you I batch them update only current year files by using the filter query expression in Get file properties: 

Created ge '2023-01-01T00:00:00Z'


Below screen shot of the final flow, now it is running in just 25 seconds. thanks for the help.




View solution in original post

Super User
Super User

There are two ways to approach this:


If you are using a Filter Array on the Get files (properties only) action, I would recommend pulling that action outside of the Apply to Each loop. Otherwise you'll be unnecessarily running that action each time you loop through a row in your spreadsheet. 


Run the action once before the Apply to Each loop and filter the results.



To return the ID, you will need to use an expression.


Alternatively, you can remove the Filter Array action and use a Filter Query in the Get files (properties only) action. This option will only work if you have an exact match (eg. eq). 


For the file name, you need to use this Filter Query:

FileLeafRef eq '[Candidate].extension'



To return the ID number you will need to use an expression:



If I helped you solve your problem—please mark my post as a solution .
Consider giving me a 👍 if you liked my response!

👉 Watch my tutorials on YouTube
👉 Tips and Tricks on TikTok



Thanks for your kind information and appreciate your time here...


I tried both solutions suggested by you, 


Soln 1:

Getting error as ID is not int type as expected in "update file properties". The main issue i am struggling is i need to update Comments column in the sharepoint dir for matching name files: kindly refer below screenshots, kindly suggest...








Soln 2:


The expression you have mentioned i used as is, do i need to mention the exact extension as .pdf or .dpc? because, the sharepoint dir i am working with has .pdf, .doc .txt and .docx files.


I tried below approach, flow ran successfully but condition results false even though there are matching names, i suspect the expression " FileLeafRef eq '[Candidate].extension' " is not working as expected, please suggest.







Test Result:






Matching file in folder & Excel: here file extensions are different (PDF, DDOC, DOCX, eml and TXT)







Thanks for your help....










This part of your flow is incorrect, you need to insert an expression, what you have here is just a string of text. 



In the Compose action you need to click on the Expression tab. 



The output of the expression should be an ID number.


Yes i added as an expression this time, but still no luck...







Can you upload a screenshot of your Filter Array action? 


It doesn't seem to be returning any results. 

here is the filter array screen shot:




Here i highlighted expression of the compose as well




The Compose - File ID expression is not working in your instance because in my flow I was filtering out a single item from the Get Items action. However, you are using a Filter Array action.


Your flow has to be adjusted to account for that fact that you are returning multiple items instead of one. 


Before you can even tackle that you need to troubleshoot why your Filter Array action isn't returning any items. 


In order to troubleshoot. I would recommend adding a Compose action above the Filter Array action to store the Candidate value.


Remove the Compose - File ID action all together. You'll need to take a different approach anyway. 


The Filter Array action, is checking to see if the Name values from the the Get Files (properties only) action contains the Candidate value.


Run a test to see the Filter Array action is returning any results for any of your Excel rows. If not, the Filter Array action needs to be adjusted.

Ok after checking what i understood is when we select output (for filter array) from "List row present in a table" (Excel) for the apply to each loop, ID filter array will not return any thing, how ever if i nest this loop in another apply to each loop with "Get file (properties only)"(Sharepoint folder), then compose will get ID, but it wont work for comparing excel column when we select Candidate column to compare.


So i changed my approach, now my below approach is working fine, but the loop is getting timed out, may be i am adding too much nested loop, or might be a bad approach, could you please suggest??


New approach:

I am working on the Doc files first, docx next and then pdf, so i have 2 more same loops for docx and pdf.





Your approach above will be inefficient when you have a lot of files to loop through. By using an apply to each loop and a condition to check for the files that match each candidate name in your spreadsheet you are looping through all your files to check for files that match. 


Instead you need to use the Filter Array action to return the appropriate information to Filter out the files so that you can then update the filtered files properties. 


Can you please run these actions in your flow again?



I would also like you to add an additional compose action above the Filter Array action to hold the Candidate name. 


Upload a screenshot of the Compose Action Output and Filter Array action.

Here are the screen shots: now i found that the files are 


Failed (Candidate not matching sharepoint Name loop no 21):




Passed (Candidate matching Sharepoint Name loop no 20): this row successfully updated in share point.




Why is the candidate on loop 21 not matching? Are there any files that match? Is there an extra space in the excel cell that has the candidate name?

The excel has list of latest candidate names and the share point has all candidate's files from past few years, so many old file names may not match the excel candidate name, there is no extra space in the excel cell.


I just observed that filter array body is with all sharepoint files data when the loop is at no match candidate name, if it matches any candidate name, it will have only matching file properties data in the body, is this the right behavior?


Just want to uppdate you, it is updating all matching files with correct comments though, but it is throughing the error for non matching files.



Okay perfect. You just need to add a condition after the Filter Array action. Check for the length returned from the Filter Array action with an expression.

length([filter array output here])

If the length is equal to 0 (means no matching files returned), do nothing. 


Move the Compose ID and Update Files Properties actions to the NO branch.




Awesome yes this ran successfully....!! let me apply this to larger data to my actual folders and let you know the results...




After adding large data (823 X 10 rows/column table in excel, and 1300 files in share point), the flow is timed out at 10minutes as below... 


Should we process it in batches?




Have you tried turning on the concurrency control in the Apply to Each action?

Yes i turned on the concurrency control and set the degree of parallelism to 50, but still it is timing out at 9 or 10 min




What if you added a Select action to your flow after the List Rows Present in a table action. Use this to only select the values from your table that you need. For example, if you only need the candidate name it would look like this:



If you need a few other columns, then you can map a key to a column like this:


Hope this helps!

Then in the Apply to each action, you would loop through the Select action results instead of the Values from the List Rows present in a table action.



Hope this helps.

Helpful resources


Tuesday Tip: Getting Started with Private Messages & Macros

Welcome to TUESDAY TIPS, your weekly connection with the most insightful tips and tricks that empower both newcomers and veterans in the Power Platform Community! Every Tuesday, we bring you a curated selection of the finest advice, distilled from the resources and tools in the Community. Whether you’re a seasoned member or just getting started, Tuesday Tips are the perfect compass guiding you across the dynamic landscape of the Power Platform Community.   As our community family expands each week, we revisit our essential tools, tips, and tricks to ensure you’re well-versed in the community’s pulse. Keep an eye on the News & Announcements for your weekly Tuesday Tips—you never know what you may learn!   This Week's Tip: Private Messaging & Macros in Power Apps Community   Do you want to enhance your communication in the Community and streamline your interactions? One of the best ways to do this is to ensure you are using Private Messaging--and the ever-handy macros that are available to you as a Community member!   Our Knowledge Base article about private messaging and macros is the best place to find out more. Check it out today and discover some key tips and tricks when it comes to messages and macros:   Private Messaging: Learn how to enable private messages in your community profile and ensure you’re connected with other community membersMacros Explained: Discover the convenience of macros—prewritten text snippets that save time when posting in forums or sending private messagesCreating Macros: Follow simple steps to create your own macros for efficient communication within the Power Apps CommunityUsage Guide: Understand how to apply macros in posts and private messages, enhancing your interaction with the Community For detailed instructions and more information, visit the full page in your community today:Power Apps: Enabling Private Messaging & How to Use Macros (Power Apps)Power Automate: Enabling Private Messaging & How to Use Macros (Power Automate)  Copilot Studio: Enabling Private Messaging &How to Use Macros (Copilot Studio) Power Pages: Enabling Private Messaging & How to Use Macros (Power Pages)

Tuesday Tip: Subscriptions & Notifications

TUESDAY TIPS are our way of communicating helpful things we've learned or shared that have helped members of the Community. Whether you're just getting started or you're a seasoned pro, Tuesday Tips will help you know where to go, what to look for, and navigate your way through the ever-growing--and ever-changing--world of the Power Platform Community! We cover basics about the Community, provide a few "insider tips" to make your experience even better, and share best practices gleaned from our most active community members and Super Users.   With so many new Community members joining us each week, we'll also review a few of our "best practices" so you know just "how" the Community works, so make sure to watch the News & Announcements each week for the latest and greatest Tuesday Tips!   This Week: All About Subscriptions & Notifications We don't want you to a miss a thing in the Community! The best way to make sure you know what's going on in the News & Announcements, to blogs you follow, or forums and galleries you're interested in is to subscribe! These subscriptions ensure you receive automated messages about the most recent posts and replies. Even better, there are multiple ways you can subscribe to content and boards in the community! (Please note: if you have created an AAD (Azure Active Directory) account you won't be able to receive e-mail notifications.)   Subscribing to a Category  When you're looking at the entire category, select from the Options drop down and choose Subscribe.     You can then choose to Subscribe to all of the boards or select only the boards you want to receive notifications. When you're satisfied with your choices, click Save.     Subscribing to a Topic You can also subscribe to a single topic by clicking Subscribe from the Options drop down menu, while you are viewing the topic or in the General board overview, respectively.     Subscribing to a Label Find the labels at the bottom left of a post.From a particular post with a label, click on the label to filter by that label. This opens a window containing a list of posts with the label you have selected. Click Subscribe.     Note: You can only subscribe to a label at the board level. If you subscribe to a label named 'Copilot' at board #1, it will not automatically subscribe you to an identically named label at board #2. You will have to subscribe twice, once at each board.   Bookmarks Just like you can subscribe to topics and categories, you can also bookmark topics and boards from the same menus! Simply go to the Topic Options drop down menu to bookmark a topic or the Options drop down to bookmark a board. The difference between subscribing and bookmarking is that subscriptions provide you with notifications, whereas bookmarks provide you a static way of easily accessing your favorite boards from the My subscriptions area.   Managing & Viewing Your Subscriptions & Bookmarks To manage your subscriptions, click on your avatar and select My subscriptions from the drop-down menu.     From the Subscriptions & Notifications tab, you can manage your subscriptions, including your e-mail subscription options, your bookmarks, your notification settings, and your email notification format.     You can see a list of all your subscriptions and bookmarks and choose which ones to delete, either individually or in bulk, by checking multiple boxes.     A Note on Following Friends on Mobile Adding someone as a friend or selecting Follow in the mobile view does not allow you to subscribe to their activity feed. You will merely be able to see your friends’ biography, other personal information, or online status, and send messages more quickly by choosing who to send the message to from a list, as opposed to having to search by username.

Monthly Community User Group Update | April 2024

The monthly Community User Group Update is your resource for discovering User Group meetings and events happening around the world (and virtually), welcoming new User Groups to our Community, and more! Our amazing Community User Groups are an important part of the Power Platform Community, with more than 700 Community User Groups worldwide, we know they're a great way to engage personally, while giving our members a place to learn and grow together.   This month, we welcome 3 new User Groups in India, Wales, and Germany, and feature 8 User Group Events across Power Platform and Dynamics 365. Find out more below. New Power Platform User Groups   Power Platform Innovators (India) About: Our aim is to foster a collaborative environment where we can share upcoming Power Platform events, best practices, and valuable content related to Power Platform. Whether you’re a seasoned expert or a newcomer looking to learn, this group is for you. Let’s empower each other to achieve more with Power Platform. Join us in shaping the future of digital transformation!   Power Platform User Group (Wales) About: A Power Platform User Group in Wales (predominantly based in Cardiff but will look to hold sessions around Wales) to establish a community to share learnings and experience in all parts of the platform.   Power Platform User Group (Hannover) About: This group is for anyone who works with the services of Microsoft Power Platform or wants to learn more about it and no-code/low-code. And, of course, Microsoft Copilot application in the Power Platform.   New Dynamics365 User Groups   Ellucian CRM Recruit UK (United Kingdom) About: A group for United Kingdom universities using Ellucian CRM Recruit to manage their admissions process, to share good practice and resolve issues.    Business Central Mexico (Mexico City) About:  A place to find documentation, learning resources, and events focused on user needs in Mexico. We meet to discuss and answer questions about the current features in the standard localization that Microsoft provides, and what you only find in third-party locations. In addition, we focus on what's planned for new standard versions, recent legislation requirements, and more. Let's work together to drive request votes for Microsoft for features that aren't currently found—but are indispensable.   Dynamics 365 F&O User Group (Dublin) About: The Dynamics 365 F&O User Group - Ireland Chapter meets up in person at least twice yearly in One Microsoft Place Dublin for users to have the opportunity to have conversations on mutual topics, find out what’s new and on the Dynamics 365 FinOps Product Roadmap, get insights from customer and partner experiences, and access to Microsoft subject matter expertise.  Upcoming Power Platform Events    PAK Time (Power Apps Kwentuhan) 2024 #6 (Phillipines, Online) This is a continuation session of Custom API. Sir Jun Miano will be sharing firsthand experience on setting up custom API and best practices. (April 6, 2024)       Power Apps: Creating business applications rapidly (Sydney) At this event, learn how to choose the right app on Power Platform, creating a business application in an hour, and tips for using Copilot AI. While we recommend attending all 6 events in the series, each session is independent of one another, and you can join the topics of your interest. Think of it as a “Hop On, Hop Off” bus! Participation is free, but you need a personal computer (laptop) and we provide the rest. We look forward to seeing you there! (April 11, 2024)     April 2024 Cleveland Power Platform User Group (Independence, Ohio) Kickoff the meeting with networking, and then our speaker will share how to create responsive and intuitive Canvas Apps using features like Variables, Search and Filtering. And how PowerFx rich functions and expressions makes configuring those functionalities easier. Bring ideas to discuss and engage with other community members! (April 16, 2024)     Dynamics 365 and Power Platform 2024 Wave 1 Release (NYC, Online) This session features Aric Levin, Microsoft Business Applications MVP and Technical Architect at Avanade and Mihir Shah, Global CoC Leader of Microsoft Managed Services at IBM. We will cover some of the new features and enhancements related to the Power Platform, Dataverse, Maker Portal, Unified Interface and the Microsoft First Party Apps (Microsoft Dynamics 365) that were announced in the Microsoft Dynamics 365 and Power Platform 2024 Release Wave 1 Plan. (April 17, 2024)     Let’s Explore Copilot Studio Series: Bot Skills to Extend Your Copilots (Makati National Capital Reg... Join us for the second installment of our Let's Explore Copilot Studio Series, focusing on Bot Skills. Learn how to enhance your copilot's abilities to automate tasks within specific topics, from booking appointments to sending emails and managing tasks. Discover the power of Skills in expanding conversational capabilities. (April 30, 2024)   Upcoming Dynamics365 Events    Leveraging Customer Managed Keys (CMK) in Dynamics 365 (Noida, Uttar Pradesh, Online) This month's featured topic: Leveraging Customer Managed Keys (CMK) in Dynamics 365, with special guest Nitin Jain from Microsoft. We are excited and thankful to him for doing this session. Join us for this online session, which should be helpful to all Dynamics 365 developers, Technical Architects and Enterprise architects who are implementing Dynamics 365 and want to have more control on the security of their data over Microsoft Managed Keys. (April 11, 2024)       Stockholm D365 User Group April Meeting (Stockholm) This is a Swedish user group for D365 Finance and Operations, AX2012, CRM, CE, Project Operations, and Power BI.  (April 17, 2024)         Transportation Management in D365 F&SCM Q&A Session (Toronto, Online) Calling all Toronto UG members and beyond! Join us for an engaging and informative one-hour Q&A session, exclusively focused on Transportation Management System (TMS) within Dynamics 365 F&SCM. Whether you’re a seasoned professional or just curious about TMS, this event is for you. Bring your questions! (April 26, 2024)   Leaders, Create Your Events!    Leaders of existing User Groups, don’t forget to create your events within the Community platform. By doing so, you’ll enable us to share them in future posts and newsletters. Let’s spread the word and make these gatherings even more impactful! Stay tuned for more updates, inspiring stories, and collaborative opportunities from and for our Community User Groups.   P.S. Have an event or success story to share? Reach out to us – we’d love to feature you. Just leave a comment or send a PM here in the Community!

Exclusive LIVE Community Event: Power Apps Copilot Coffee Chat with Copilot Studio Product Team

We have closed kudos on this post at this time. Thank you to everyone who kudo'ed their RSVP--your invitations are coming soon!  Miss the window to RSVP? Don't worry--you can catch the recording of the meeting this week in the Community.  Details coming soon!   *****   It's time for the SECOND Power Apps Copilot Coffee Chat featuring the Copilot Studio product team, which will be held LIVE on April 3, 2024 at 9:30 AM Pacific Daylight Time (PDT).     This is an incredible opportunity to connect with members of the Copilot Studio product team and ask them anything about Copilot Studio. We'll share our special guests with you shortly--but we want to encourage to mark your calendars now because you will not want to miss the conversation.   This live event will give you the unique opportunity to learn more about Copilot Studio plans, where we’ll focus, and get insight into upcoming features. We’re looking forward to hearing from the community, so bring your questions!   TO GET ACCESS TO THIS EXCLUSIVE AMA: Kudo this post to reserve your spot! Reserve your spot now by kudoing this post.  Reservations will be prioritized on when your kudo for the post comes through, so don't wait! Click that "kudo button" today.   Invitations will be sent on April 2nd.Users posting Kudos after April 2nd at 9AM PDT may not receive an invitation but will be able to view the session online after conclusion of the event. Give your "kudo" today and mark your calendars for April 3, 2024 at 9:30 AM PDT and join us for an engaging and informative session!

Tuesday Tip: Blogging in the Community is a Great Way to Start

TUESDAY TIPS are our way of communicating helpful things we've learned or shared that have helped members of the Community. Whether you're just getting started or you're a seasoned pro, Tuesday Tips will help you know where to go, what to look for, and navigate your way through the ever-growing--and ever-changing--world of the Power Platform Community! We cover basics about the Community, provide a few "insider tips" to make your experience even better, and share best practices gleaned from our most active community members and Super Users.   With so many new Community members joining us each week, we'll also review a few of our "best practices" so you know just "how" the Community works, so make sure to watch the News & Announcements each week for the latest and greatest Tuesday Tips!   This Week's Topic: Blogging in the Community Are you new to our Communities and feel like you may know a few things to share, but you're not quite ready to start answering questions in the forums? A great place to start is the Community blog! Whether you've been using Power Platform for awhile, or you're new to the low-code revolution, the Community blog is a place for anyone who can write, has some great insight to share, and is willing to commit to posting regularly! In other words, we want YOU to join the Community blog.    Why should you consider becoming a blog author? Here are just a few great reasons. 🎉   Learn from Each Other: Our community is like a bustling marketplace of ideas. By sharing your experiences and insights, you contribute to a dynamic ecosystem where makers learn from one another. Your unique perspective matters! Collaborate and Innovate: Imagine a virtual brainstorming session where minds collide, ideas spark, and solutions emerge. That’s what our community blog offers—a platform for collaboration and innovation. Together, we can build something extraordinary. Showcase the Power of Low-Code: You know that feeling when you discover a hidden gem? By writing about your experience with your favorite Power Platform tool, you’re shining a spotlight on its capabilities and real-world applications. It’s like saying, “Hey world, check out this amazing tool!” Earn Trust and Credibility: When you share valuable information, you become a trusted resource. Your fellow community members rely on your tips, tricks, and know-how. It’s like being the go-to friend who always has the best recommendations. Empower Others: By contributing to our community blog, you empower others to level up their skills. Whether it’s a nifty workaround, a time-saving hack, or an aha moment, your words have impact. So grab your keyboard, brew your favorite beverage, and start writing! Your insights matter and your voice counts! With every blog shared in the Community, we all do a better job of tackling complex challenges with gusto. 🚀 Welcome aboard, future blog author! ✍️💻🌟 Get started blogging across the Power Platform Communities today! Just follow one of the links below to begin your blogging adventure.   Power Apps: Power Automate: Copilot Studio: Power Pages:   When you follow the link, look for the Message Admins button like this on the page's right rail, and let us know you're interested. We can't wait to connect with you and help you get started. Thanks for being part of our incredible community--and thanks for becoming part of the community blog!

Launch Event Registration: Redefine What's Possible Using AI

  Join Microsoft product leaders and engineers for an in-depth look at the latest features in Microsoft Dynamics 365 and Microsoft Power Platform. Learn how advances in AI and Microsoft Copilot can help you connect teams, processes, and data, and respond to changing business needs with greater agility. We’ll share insights and demonstrate how 2024 release wave 1 updates and advancements will help you:   Streamline business processes, automate repetitive tasks, and unlock creativity using the power of Copilot and role-specific insights and actions. Unify customer data to optimize customer journeys with generative AI and foster collaboration between sales and marketing teams. Strengthen governance with upgraded tools and features. Accelerate low-code development  using natural language and streamlined tools. Plus, you can get answers to your questions during our live Q&A chat! Don't wait--register today by clicking the image below!      

Users online (4,574)