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Misa
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Copying/Pasting Error Message

Hi.

 

I am excited to use this feature.  I have a repeatable processes that i tried to copy but i get the error "Failed to find XXXXXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXXXXXX (<-- guid) in definition".

 

I tried to copy only one trigger and also the conditional statements that have multiple and still receive the same error.

 

What can i be missing?!?!?

 

Thank you for your help.

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Hi @Misa ,

 

Thank you for feedback, I have tested it and find the same issue you mentioned when I add an action from the clipboard into a Switch action branch.

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Copy action is currently in the preview phase, and I've tested some scenarios on my side and found that this happens only if you add replicated action in Switch Action, and maybe in other scenarios as well.

The suggestion is that if a similar issue occurs, you can manually create.

 

Best Regards,

Community Support Team _ Barry
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yashag2255
Super User
Super User

Hi @Misa 

 

Currently copying triggers is not supported in flow. You can only copy actions. Can you please share a screenshot of the error facing? 

 

This could be a caching issue too. Can you try loggin out of the current session, close the current window, start a fresh session and see if you continue to face the same issue? You might want to try in different browsers too. 

 

Hope this Helps!

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Hi @yashag2255 and thank you.  Below is a screenshot of the error that i get.  I tried the methods you mentioned above and received the same error.  

 

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Hi @Misa ,

 

Thank you for feedback, I have tested it and find the same issue you mentioned when I add an action from the clipboard into a Switch action branch.

1.png

Copy action is currently in the preview phase, and I've tested some scenarios on my side and found that this happens only if you add replicated action in Switch Action, and maybe in other scenarios as well.

The suggestion is that if a similar issue occurs, you can manually create.

 

Best Regards,

Community Support Team _ Barry
If this post helps, then please consider Accept it as the solution to help the other members find it more quickly.

Hi!

 

I did find that the error also happens with Condition statements and single actions.  

 

The workflow is fairly large so i am really trying to take advantage of the new feature Smiley Very Happy .

 

 

 

Anonymous
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image.pngI have figured out a workaround even when dealing with controls. It can be very useful when you have a lot of cases on your switch. 

 

1. Create a parallel branch above your control

2. Create a scope under the parallel branch

3. Within the scope create the entire process you want for the case

4. Copy your scope to clipboard

5. Paste a new scope under the parallel branch as well

6. Drag your duplicate scope into the desired case

7. Update small changes accordingly per case

8. Rinse Repeat

Thanks for this workaround - very helpful and a timesaver

Anonymous
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@v-bacao-msft, It's responses like yours that make me very, very angry. "Copy action is currently in the preview phase." For two years?! "The suggestion is that if a similar issue occurs, you can manually create." That's not a solution! It's not even a workaround! Your response is a perfect example of what happens when a company realizes they don't have to care about user experience.

@Anonymous, This sounds plausible. I'll give your suggestion a shot. This might be an actual workaround, unlike "v-bacao's" suggestion.

zfontaine
Regular Visitor

****Update**** Apologies realised someone had posted these instructions already and cant delete this response

 

I know this is an old post, but thought I would post if it will help others.

 

I got around this by pasting the item outside of the switch and then dragging it into the switch.

 

Where it was the first item I was adding to the switch I had to add an action first, I just used a send mail action. Then dragged my pasted item below the send mail action and then deleted the send mail action.

 

If the clipboard item contains an Apply to Each, you may need to remove the Select an output from previous step to move it into the switch.

 

 

carolinacastro
New Member

Is there a fix for this yet?

I just ran across the same problem, trying to copy either a Scope or an Action under a Switch Case and getting the same error. 

...it's a lot of actions.

Is there a fix for this yet?

I just ran across the same issue, trying to copy either a scope or an action to under a Switch Case and getting the same error message. 

...it's a lot of actions, and I'm gonna need to repeat them a lot of times lol.

 

Thanks.

Thank you. It's a good simply solution that helps me to save my time.

Anonymous
Not applicable

LOL at the accepted solution. The solution is to not use this feature. Great.

The response by @zfontaine should be the accepted solution @v-bacao-msft @Misa 

Seth-BingoBengo
New Member

Still broken in 2022. Does Microsoft just not work on updating power automate?

aa98
New Member

December 2022 - 4 years later - still no improvement...

The more I use microsoft tools the more I get disappointed.

Im a bit late on this but one thing that works is paste the copied action outside a switch and then drag it into the switch.

Anonymous
Not applicable

Why Microsoft always wait 15 years to do an update ?

lraeper
Advocate I
Advocate I

Almost four years later, we still cannot copy steps across switch actions. Amazing..

My workaround, drag the action you want to copy out of the switch, make copies of it under wherever you put it, then drag those copies into the relevant switch action elements.

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