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Flow Date Condition



I created a flow condition where if date today is equal to 'Review End Date and Time' it will trigger a notification where the recipient will have the option to choose on when to complete the revision of the document.


Here is the conditional flow:


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Condition is 


utcNow('MM-dd-yyyyTHH:mm tt')


 is equal to Review End Date and Time (mm/DD/yyyy hh:mm AM/PM format). However this doesn't trigger any notification when I did a test.


Before I did my test, I changed the Review Date and Time to today's date and changed the time to I can track if the test works. On checking it showed Expression result is 'false"

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@earlbrian  String inside utc() is not in exact format as in your date column. Make sure that both return same time format. 

Please try this 

utcNow('MM/dd/yyyy') is equal to formatdatetime(' Review End Date and time','MM/dd/yyyy')

Change review end date and time with your dynamic column name.

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Hi @Hardesh15 when using the suggestion it shows expression is invalid when adding equal to which is 




Hello @earlbrian ,

remove the apostrophes around the outputs('Get_file_properties')?['body/ReviewEndDateandTime'] dynamic content. Apostrophes are needed only if you define a specific value, if you're using dynamic content you don't need apostrophes in the expression.



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Hi @tom_riha I followed your suggestion and got the error below


Unable to process template language expressions for action 'Condition' at line '1' and column '24287': 'The template language function 'formatDateTime' expects its first parameter to be of type string. The provided value is of type 'Null'. Please see for usage details.'.


@earlbrian  please check your return date is null or not. If it is null use this expression then,


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@Hardesh15 used that expression and got an error


Unable to process template language expressions for action 'Condition' at line '1' and column '18114': 'The template language function 'if' expects three parameter: the condition to test as the first parameter, the value to return if the condition is true as the second parameter, and the value to return if the condition is false as the third parameter. The function was invoked with '4' parameter(s). Please see for usage details.'.


These are the expressions used 

equal to 

@earlbrian  See expression- in last two brackets are creating problem. It is typo from my side.


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@Hardesh15 sorry for the late response. IT showed an error. I have another question related to that.


2/14/2021 8:44 PM
How do I format this in utcNow? Is this correct utcNow('MM/dd/yyyy Th:mm tt’)?
Also if my column has the same format for date and time example 2/14/2021 8:44 PM. Would it be possible to just add the dynamic content? The REDT Helper column value is a calculation based on other column (calculated column) with the formula =IF(ISBLANK([Review End Date and Time]),"",[Review End Date and Time]+1)
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In addition, I'm confused with this date and time formatting.
Where do we reference the format is it on the SP column or the value in the backend? The column I created for Review End Date and Time is m/dd/yyyy h:mm AM/PM (2/15/2021 9:15 PM) while the backend shows (2021-02-15T17:15:00Z).

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