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Advocate III
Advocate III

Creating button to run flow from Excel

Hello Everyone,

I am working on a flow that needs to be triggered from an excel file, I have the button created and linked to the flow in the excel file, 

I am wondering if there is a way I can get the location( where the excel file is saved on ) of the excel file 




Thank you so much!


Super User
Super User

You are probably asking this question in the wrong place (like, there must be an excel forum out there somewhere, right?), however there's almost definitely a cell formula that can show the worksheet's location, either on 365 or locally.


Otherwise you'd need to use the Office.js system to generate it, I'd say.


My next recommendation is my 'broken record', but also ... Consider the data that you're storing in the excel sheet. Is excel the best place for the data? If the data isn't a mathematical / numeric calculations kind of thing, or if it is that, but it's pretty basic, then excel might not be the best place for the data, and either a SharePoint or Microsoft List would be a potentially better place.


I would say that 90% of the excel sheets I've ever used in my entire career are actually created by people that just need a basic, easy to use, database type thing, like SP/MS Lists. 👍

Hi eliotcole, 

Thanks for your reply, My question is mostly about the flow part, I am triggering the flow but the body of the  "When a Http request is received " is empty



Super User
Super User

OK, when you are sending the request, what is included in that?


Let me put it another way ... what's the setup on the excel end?


Because if you're just clicking a link to the HTTP GET URL, you're essentially doing nothing.

Thank you so much:) So the excel file is stored in an SP document library and I want to ask users to click on the button when they are finished entering data,

I would like then to copy/move the excel file into another folder in SharePoint using the flow. In order to do that I need to have the path/link to the file from which the Excel file is located/triggered the flow.

The Excel file itself is mostly financial data entry by each cost center in the company I am working for and can not be changed to the SPO list at the moment 😞 

Super User
Super User

Yes, OK, that's great, thank you, @Aysan .


Could you please show how you have made the button?


Really need the details of how the button has been made, and how (or if) that does anything.

Advocate III
Advocate III

@eliotcole the button on the excel file is basically a link to the link created on the first step of the flow 




I wish I could somehow add to the body of "When a HTTP request received" the file name or path.

I got the idea of adding the button from here

Super User
Super User

OK, so the reason that your flow isn't receiving anything is because the excel sheet isn't sending anything.


An HTTP request trigger does (as you are aware) need to be sent information in order for it to trigger. So, by having them click a link, it's the equivalent of basically putting the url in your address bar. It will trigger the flow, but it won't send anything to it.


A work around could be to use the "For a selected row" trigger.


This video here explains how to use it:

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Is there anyway to close the blank browser window or add a message to the window? It takes the end user out of Excel (in my case) and leaves them staring at a blank browser window. It's a great process except for that part. Any suggestions?

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