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Every time I add columns to SharePoint list Flow action needs to be deleted and created again



I have a list with quite a lot of columns because of what we need to keep track of with change records. We are still in testing so more columns are added/removed if nevessary.


However this seems to kill flows that are set up with the list...


I get this error message:


Error messageError messageLong list of columnsLong list of columns

From my previous post I found out that if i deleted this update item function then recreate it it works again... no data is different?

With a list this size and a few flows on this list it is taking 30 mins to make all my flows work again...


Is there a better way of updating my items? As you see i am only changing one field! why do i need to put all the other information in that will stay the same Cat Indifferent 


Is this the only solution recreating the update item part of flow?

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Community Support

Hi @ Zango,



Do you want the "Update item" action in a flow would be updated automaticlly when you add columns to SharePoint list Flow action?


The only way is to delete the action and create the action again as you said.


Updating the "Update item" action in a flow automaticlly when a column is added to SharePoint list is not supported in microsoft flow currently.


If your want the "Update item" action in a flow would be updated automaticlly when you add columns to SharePoint list Flow action,I afraid that there is no way to achieve your needs in Microsoft Flow currently.


If you would like this feature to be added in Microsoft Flow, please submit an idea to Flow Ideas Forum:



Alice Zhang

This is REALLY a problem.  List fields do change.  Any change in the fields in a list requires the complete recreation of every Flow that uses that Sharepoint List.  That's crazy, especially if the fields being removed or added have no bearing on the Flow Actions.  Is this being worked on?

Is it possible that this is a bug in the Update List Item action?  The Conditions don't seem to have a problem and don't need to be deleted and recreated in the Flow on a column change. Only the Update List Item actions.

I'm seeing the exact same issue.  I'm really looking to refresh the connection to the list so that Flow is aware of the new columns I've just added. 


It's very frustrating to have to delete and recreate the Flow step and all subsequent steps because I've added a new column to the list.

New Member

I ran across this older post and am currently having the same issue. I found you can "save as" your original flow. The new copy seems to recognize the changes to the SharePoint list. 

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