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AndreiCiurea
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Flow doesn't read created/updated Excel file in SharePoint Library

I have a SharePoint library to which Excel files will be saved periodically. I need a flow to access each file when it's added to the library and take some action with the data within. The specific action isn't relevant since my issue is that I can't get Flow access the file dynamically.

I'm trying to get Excel Online (Business) actions to work with the trigger "When a file is created or modified in a folder". My test file is called "text.xlsx" and it has a table element in it. If I select the file 'statically', with the file browser ...

 

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... it works, as below.

 

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However, if I create the same syntax in the "File" field, by typing "/[File name]" ...

 

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... it fails, as below. Even though the input for "File" clearly looks identical ("/text.xlsx"), the error says it's an invalid value.

 

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I've even tried it with just the dynamic content, without the '/', but I get a different error ...

 

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... and I get the same error if I use the "File identified" dynamic content (a proposed solution mentioned in a separate thread on this forum).

 

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Could anyone point out what I'm doing wrong and also what a solution might be?

 

Also, on a separate but related note, could someone please confirm whether an excel file *needs* at least one table element in it in order to function correctly with the Excel actions? As in, if I just have a file with data in it, but not formatted as a table, there's no way to get flow to read the data?

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Re: Flow doesn't read created/updated Excel file in SharePoint Library

Hi @AndreiCiurea,

 

Thanks for feedback.

I am afraid that choosing a dynamic content in the File field has not been supported by connector Excel (Business). Currently, we could only select a file by clicking the Show picker.

There is a similar request on Flow Ideas Forum, please vote the idea at here:

https://powerusers.microsoft.com/t5/Flow-Ideas/Dynamic-content-in-File-amp-Table-inputs-Excel-Busine...

About your second question, if you haven’t formatted the file as a table, then you won’t be able to get the data from the table.

 

Best regards,

Mabel

Community Support Team _ Mabel Mao
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Community Support Team
Community Support Team

Re: Flow doesn't read created/updated Excel file in SharePoint Library

Hi @AndreiCiurea,

 

Thanks for feedback.

I am afraid that choosing a dynamic content in the File field has not been supported by connector Excel (Business). Currently, we could only select a file by clicking the Show picker.

There is a similar request on Flow Ideas Forum, please vote the idea at here:

https://powerusers.microsoft.com/t5/Flow-Ideas/Dynamic-content-in-File-amp-Table-inputs-Excel-Busine...

About your second question, if you haven’t formatted the file as a table, then you won’t be able to get the data from the table.

 

Best regards,

Mabel

Community Support Team _ Mabel Mao
If this post helps, then please consider Accept it as the solution to help the other members find it more quickly.
AndreiCiurea
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Re: Flow doesn't read created/updated Excel file in SharePoint Library

Thanks for the quick reply Mabel, and for the link!

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Community Support Team

Re: Flow doesn't read created/updated Excel file in SharePoint Library

Hi @AndreiCiurea,

 

Thanks for your understanding.

If this answered your question, please accept it as solution.

 

Best regards,

Mabel

Community Support Team _ Mabel Mao
If this post helps, then please consider Accept it as the solution to help the other members find it more quickly.
panand99
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Re: Flow doesn't read created/updated Excel file in SharePoint Library

@v-yamao-msft @AndreiCiurea 

 

Are you able to find out the solution of this issue?  

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