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svzbk
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Comparing a date in excel and sending an email

Hi,

I've looked over similar posts on this subject but I've not been able to fix my problem.

Essentially I have spreadsheet formatted as a table. In this I have dates (formatted as dates) when a user has been granted approval. I want to send an automated email to people who have been granted approval on that day.

I feel like it ought to be simple but I'm getting stuck.

'Compose' is linking to the relevant column header.

'Compose 3' has the function:  addDays('1899-12-30',int(outputs('Compose')),'yyyy-MM-dd')

 

I've tried date formats in dd-MM-yyyy and yyyy-MM-dd formats and I can't get it to work. I feel like my issue is at the comparison stage of the excel column date and what I think is the way to compare to 'today'.

The flow 'works' but returns 'false' for all the rows in the spreadsheet, when 6 are set with today's date.

 

Can Anyone help?? 

 

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Hi @svzbk ,

 

(1) When reading the Excel file, set the DateTime Format to ISO 8601, and this should convert Excel integer dates for you:

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(2)  We can format the output of the utcNow() function to yyyy-MM-dd as shown in the examples below:

 

utcNow() --> 2022-10-20T19:48:50.8937215Z
utcNow('yyyy-MM-dd') --> 2022-10-20

 

 

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(3) Format the date time of the DateAccessGranted to yyyy-MM-dd so we can compare it later with today's date:

 

DateAccessGranted ---> 2022-10-20T00:00:00.000Z
formatDateTime(item()?['DateAccessGranted'], 'yyyy-MM-dd') ---> 2022-10-20

 

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(4)  We can use the Filter Array function to select ALL the people who have been granted approval today:

Snag_a9e8f6a.png

 

(5) Finally, we send an email to all people who have access today.

For example:

Snag_aa2a1b6.png


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Hi @svzbk ,

 

(1) When reading the Excel file, set the DateTime Format to ISO 8601, and this should convert Excel integer dates for you:

Snag_5c9d137.png

 

(2)  We can format the output of the utcNow() function to yyyy-MM-dd as shown in the examples below:

 

utcNow() --> 2022-10-20T19:48:50.8937215Z
utcNow('yyyy-MM-dd') --> 2022-10-20

 

 

Snag_a9c039f.png

(3) Format the date time of the DateAccessGranted to yyyy-MM-dd so we can compare it later with today's date:

 

DateAccessGranted ---> 2022-10-20T00:00:00.000Z
formatDateTime(item()?['DateAccessGranted'], 'yyyy-MM-dd') ---> 2022-10-20

 

Snag_ab6c903.png

(4)  We can use the Filter Array function to select ALL the people who have been granted approval today:

Snag_a9e8f6a.png

 

(5) Finally, we send an email to all people who have access today.

For example:

Snag_aa2a1b6.png


Ellis
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That was brilliant, thank you so much!

I've had a battle to get the flow to ignore cells that have no date but I found that by amending Filter Queries in the advanced options of the List Rows I was able to get it to miss those out.

My final flow is as simple and clean as I hoped (but hadn't been able to achieve myself).

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