I need help getting my flow to move to the next step if a ms form response is blank. Below is a screen shot. I have read a lot of articles and I need help. Everything else in the flow works but if a user leaves the answer blank the flow stays stuck at that step. The scenario is that i have a ms form that users fill out to request items for purchase. If they upload an attachment it puts it into a SharePoint list. I have used get user email based on names selected from a drop down list ( flow runs if they select a name it converts it to a value) I need to know how to also move flow along if value is blank at any one of the form answers. I don't know how to keep wording this to get help so here is a screen shot of the four form fields and the current flow.
In this example third was left blank. I need to have the option that someone could leave second or third blank and it still proceeds.
Thank you for the screenshot,
You will need to add a IF condition before each loop that has a optional question.
In the condition you will need to evaluate if the question is empty. You can do this with the empty() expression, example:
IF empty(<'Insert question from Forms here'>) is equal to true
Note I always use the expression 'true' instead of writing true.
Hello @Jcook I don't understand where to put the expression I have tried it before immediate supervisor and the for loop and I keep getting an error message that my expression is not valid. This is my first flow and I almost want it to be my last because I am stressed out and discouraged. I know this should be intuitive but I am not getting
This is what I have been putting in
My flow is still not working properly. It is now timing out. It also failed when I submitted again. These are the new screen shots.
@Jcook I tested again by filling out the ms form. I moved the apply to each to the no block. Error occurs in the same place. I have started moving the start an approval no block after apply to each and got a nesting warning. Should I start from scratch. This should not be this complicated if trying to convert a paper form that gets walked around to each person who has to approve to a ms form with a flow that send the form to each person. How are people even doing this in the real world.
I want to be a flow nut but flow is making me nuts right now.
Yes I can see why you would be frustrated. (I have been there).
If you would like, I could help build a POC for you.
I just want to get your confirmation on the requirements.
1. User fills out form to request items to buy
2. User fills selects Username from dropdown for approvals?
3. If User leaves one of the approvers blank, than flow should move forward and not send an approval
Couple of questions,
are you using Start and Wait for an approval, or using the Start approval action.
Let me know if i got anything wrong or if you can add anything, and I will build a quick POC and walk you through how to build.
Please look at my POC. I have changed the Form a bit. I have added a couple of questions asking if next approver is Chief of Police or not. And using branching to show the next message of not:
NOTE: If you want to grab additional values like Display name and use them outside a loop, please use a Initialize variable and than use a Set variable inside the loop. This will stop any wild Apply to each loops flow will make you use
Let me know of any questions.
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