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Counting the number of values within a Form multiple answers box

Hi,


I have a MS Form that has a multiple answers box like the one below:

 

flow-1.png

 

What I'd like to do is could the number of answers that is submitted and output the result as a numeric value I can use later within the flow.  I can see that within Flow the values are separated out and I thought I could use length to calculate but that doesn't appear to be working.

 

flow-2.png

 

Any thoughts gratefully received.

 

Cheers

Rob

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Helper IV
Helper IV

Re: Counting the number of values within a Form multiple answers box

@manuelstgomes I think I've got a solution, it's not pretty but it works.

 

- I split the string using the comma as a delimiter

 

flow-10.png

 

- I then use this output and initialise a variable to create an array

 

Flow-11.png

 

- Finally I use a length expression to count the number of items in the array

 

Flow-12.png

 

The resulting output from this I can then fire into a SharePoint column

 

Flow-13.png

 

If anyone has a more elegant solution it be great to see it.

 

Cheers
Rob

 

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Super User II
Super User II

Re: Counting the number of values within a Form multiple answers box

Hi @Rob_CTL 

 

Getting information from Forms is tricky because everything comes in string format. I provide more details in how to take care of these issues in this article I wrote.

https://manueltgomes.com/microsoft/forms/format-submitted-data/

 

Can you please check if and let me know if you have any questions?

 

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Cheers
Manuel

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Helper IV
Helper IV

Re: Counting the number of values within a Form multiple answers box

Hi @manuelstgomes 

 

Thanks for the link.

 

I can see that the output is formatted in both JSON and a string

 

flow-3.png

 

I am thinking there must be a way I can manipulate this data into something that I can count, or maybe I am wishing to much 🙂

 

Cheers
Rob

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Super User II
Super User II

Re: Counting the number of values within a Form multiple answers box

Hi @Rob_CTL 

 

Try the parse JSON action..

 

But the issue is that everything is a string in Forms. It sucks I know but we need to deal with that 🙂

 

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Cheers
Manuel

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Helper IV
Helper IV

Re: Counting the number of values within a Form multiple answers box

@manuelstgomes I think I've got a solution, it's not pretty but it works.

 

- I split the string using the comma as a delimiter

 

flow-10.png

 

- I then use this output and initialise a variable to create an array

 

Flow-11.png

 

- Finally I use a length expression to count the number of items in the array

 

Flow-12.png

 

The resulting output from this I can then fire into a SharePoint column

 

Flow-13.png

 

If anyone has a more elegant solution it be great to see it.

 

Cheers
Rob

 

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Super User II
Super User II

Re: Counting the number of values within a Form multiple answers box

Hi @Rob_CTL 

 

BINGO!!! You did it! That's it. Well done!

 

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If you like my response, please give it a Thumbs Up.

Cheers
Manuel

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