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Copying between two lists

I need to copy data from one list to another on two different SPO sites.

I'm running into an issue with the fact that two of the columns in the source list are multiple choice columns, one (column A) has 3 built in options, while the other (Column B) is a look-up from another column.

 

I used this procedure to create the flow

https://flow.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/copying-using-filtering/

 

However the issue I run into is that the flow creates a new entry for each of the multiple chice columns so instead of bringing over 1 entry.

so if i have an item with 2 selections in column A and 3 in Column B i get 5 items in the destination list.

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Re: Copying between two lists

Hi @Anonymous,

 

Could you please share a screenshot of your flow's configuration?

Further, could you please show a bit more about your two SharePoint lists (Source list and destination list)?

 

I have created two SharePoint lists on my side and the data structure of them as below:

SourceLists:2.jpg

Note: Column A is a Choice type column with 3 built-in options, Column B is a Lookup type column.

 

DestinationLists:3.JPG

Note: Column A(Copy) and Column B(Copy) are both Single line of text type column.

 

I have made a test on my side and please take a try with the following workaround:

  • Add a "When an item is created or modified" trigger, specify Site Address, List Name set to SourceLists.
  • Add a Variables-> "Initialize variable" action, Name set to ColumnAValue, Name set to String and Value set to empty.
  • Add a Variables-> "Initialize variable 2" action, Name set to ColumnBValue, Name set to String and Value set to empty.
  • Add a "Apply to each" action, input parameter set to Column A dynamic content of the trigger. Within "Apply to each", add a "Compose" action, inputs set to following formula:
concat(items('Apply_to_each')?['Value'],', ',variables('ColumnAValue'))

Add a "Set variable" action, Name choose ColumnAValue and Value set to output of "Compose" action.

 

  • Under "Apply to each" action, add a "Apply to each 2" action, input parameter set to Column B dynamic content of the trigger. Within "Apply to each 2" action, add a "Compose 2" action, Inputs set to following formula: 
concat(items('Apply_to_each_2')?['Value'],', ',variables('ColumnBValue'))

Add a "Set variable 2" action, Name choose ColumnBValue and Value set to output of "Compose 2" action.

 

  • Under "Apply to each 2" action, add a "Get items" action, specify Site Address and List Name set to DestinationLists. Filter Query field set to following formula:
Title eq 'Title dynamic content of the trigger'

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  • Add a Condition, click "Edit in advanced mode", type the following formula:
@equals(length(body('Get_items')?['value']), 0)
  • Within "If/yes" branch of Condition, add a "Create item" action, specify Site Address and List Name set to DestinationLists. Title field set to Title dynamic content of the trigger, Column A(Copy) field set to ColumnAValue variable, Column B(Copy) field set to ColumnBValue variable.
  • Within "If/no" branch of Condition, add a "Apply to each 3" action, input parameter set to output of "Get items" action. Within "Apply to each 3" action, add a "Update item" action, specify Site Address and List Name set to DestinationLists. Id field set to ID dynamic content of "Get items" action, Title field set to Title dynamic content of the trigger, Column A(Copy) field set to ColumnAValue variable, Column B(Copy) field set to ColumnBValue variable.

 

Image reference:

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Best regards,

Kris

 

Community Support Team _ Kris Dai
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Anonymous
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Re: Copying between two lists

This is incredibly useful and it does work to bring the content over for those fields without creating additional items.

The only downside is that those items are in a single line of text field and I need to be able to sort/filter by each option that comes over, maybe there is a formula way to convert it. once its in the destination list.

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