Showing results for 
Search instead for 
Did you mean: 
Regular Visitor

Flow with Changing File Name

Creating a flow to rename a file when it's created in a folder, however the file name has a random string at the end of the name and I'm not sure how to compensate for that. I've tried searching but don't really know how to phrase that search term. Any help would be greatly appreciated, thank you.

Responsive Resident
Responsive Resident

What does your flow look like and what are you trying to do after the file is created? 


Why do you need to rename it after creating? You can set a custom name during the creation phase. 

Regular Visitor

Basically trying to set it up as follows:


File comes in with Name_123.xls

Rename to NewName_Date.xls

Move original file to another folder


So right now I have it setup on file creation in folder (probably  a better way), get file content (believe that's correct), create file.

Responsive Resident
Responsive Resident

My understanding:


  1. A file with a random name (Name_123) is created in a folder we will call Folder A
  2. You want to rename "Name_123" by creating "NewName_Date"
  3. The original "Name_123" then needs to be moved to a different folder, Folder B


One thing to note, you don't want the flow looking in the same directory for new files as the create file action is using. This would result in an infinite loop. 


Here is a very basic example of how this can work. 



The highlighted part is the "File Identifier" dynamic content from the "When a file is created..." action. 


This flow gets the item created in the "New Files Here" folder. It creates a copy of it with the specific file name (you can use dynamic content or variables here to add a date) and drops it into the "Flow Created Files Here" folder. This step avoids a loop by dropping it in "New Files Here Folder". It then moves the original file that triggered the flow using its File Identifier to the "Old Files Here" folder. 

Makes sense, but lets say 2 types of files land in Folder A, one of which I don't want to copy, how do I account for that?

Responsive Resident
Responsive Resident

Types as in xlsx vs docx (etc)? 


There are 2 ways to handle this. With a conditional (yes/no branch) or a switch. 


The easiest way is a conditional:



In this example, if the file has .xlsx in the name, the yes branch will run. If not, the no branch. You can then nest additional conditionals in the no branch to check for other file extensions. 


The other way to do it is via a switch. The annoying part here, the switch can only check exact values. It does not support expressions in the cases. To get around this, you can "split" the file name into a variable and then check for that in the case. 



Okay so here is what I have, being a beginner let me know if this seems right:



Looks good with 1 exception. Your "create file" path and "when a file is created" path are the same. This could cause an infinite loop of the create file triggering itself. 

Regular Visitor

Yeah I got an error for that in the flow but it didn't make sense until you just said something.


I do have a question though, the process is creating the file as intended however it is moving the new file and not the old file.

Make sure you are using the File ID of the "When a file is created" action and not the "Create File" action. 

Regular Visitor

How do I specify which ID to move, when I click the ID option it just gives me that option I can't customize it.

Responsive Resident
Responsive Resident

When you are selecting dynamic content, you should see a "header" for which action they fall under. 

Regular Visitor

I honestly didn't even notice that! However it fails when using any of these actions..



Using the "File Identifier" dynamic content under the "When a file is created..." header fails inside the "Move File" action? 


What error does it give? 

I'm an idiot, I was trying to copy it to the same folder but I didn't catch it until I read the error.. it works, thank you!

The destination path cannot be the same as the source object itself.

That's good that you were able to get it resolved and working. 

Helpful resources


Community will be READ ONLY July 16th, 5p PDT -July 22nd

Dear Community Members,   We'd like to let you know of an upcoming change to the community platform: starting July 16th, the platform will transition to a READ ONLY mode until July 22nd.   During this period, members will not be able to Kudo, Comment, or Reply to any posts.   On July 22nd, please be on the lookout for a message sent to the email address registered on your community profile. This email is crucial as it will contain your unique code and link to register for the new platform encompassing all of the communities.   What to Expect in the New Community: A more unified experience where all products, including Power Apps, Power Automate, Copilot Studio, and Power Pages, will be accessible from one community.Community Blogs that you can syndicate and link to for automatic updates. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation during this transition. Stay tuned for the exciting new features and a seamless community experience ahead!

Summer of Solutions | Week 4 Results | Results posted on July 24th

We are excited to announce the Summer of Solutions Challenge!    This challenge is kicking off on Monday, June 17th and will run for (4) weeks.  The challenge is open to all Power Platform (Power Apps, Power Automate, Copilot Studio & Power Pages) community members. We invite you to participate in a quest to provide solutions to as many questions as you can. Answers can be provided in all the communities.    Entry Period: This Challenge will consist of four weekly Entry Periods as follows (each an “Entry Period”)   - 12:00 a.m. PT on June 17, 2024 – 11:59 p.m. PT on June 23, 2024 - 12:00 a.m. PT on June 24, 2024 – 11:59 p.m. PT on June 30, 2024 - 12:00 a.m. PT on July 1, 2024 – 11:59 p.m. PT on July 7, 2024 - 12:00 a.m. PT on July 8, 2024 – 11:59 p.m. PT on July 14, 2024   Entries will be eligible for the Entry Period in which they are received and will not carryover to subsequent weekly entry periods.  You must enter into each weekly Entry Period separately.   How to Enter: We invite you to participate in a quest to provide "Accepted Solutions" to as many questions as you can. Answers can be provided in all the communities. Users must provide a solution which can be an “Accepted Solution” in the Forums in all of the communities and there are no limits to the number of “Accepted Solutions” that a member can provide for entries in this challenge, but each entry must be substantially unique and different.    Winner Selection and Prizes: At the end of each week, we will list the top ten (10) Community users which will consist of: 5 Community Members & 5 Super Users and they will advance to the final drawing. We will post each week in the News & Announcements the top 10 Solution providers.  At the end of the challenge, we will add all of the top 10 weekly names and enter them into a random drawing.  Then we will randomly select ten (10) winners (5 Community Members & 5 Super Users) from among all eligible entrants received across all weekly Entry Periods to receive the prize listed below. If a winner declines, we will draw again at random for the next winner.  A user will only be able to win once overall. If they are drawn multiple times, another user will be drawn at random.  Individuals will be contacted before the announcement with the opportunity to claim or deny the prize.  Once all of the winners have been notified, we will post in the News & Announcements of each community with the list of winners.   Each winner will receive one (1) Pass to the Power Platform Conference in Las Vegas, Sep. 18-20, 2024 ($1800 value). NOTE: Prize is for conference attendance only and any other costs such as airfare, lodging, transportation, and food are the sole responsibility of the winner. Tickets are not transferable to any other party or to next year’s event.   ** PLEASE SEE THE ATTACHED RULES for this CHALLENGE**   Week 1 Results: Congratulations to the Week 1 qualifiers, you are being entered in the random drawing that will take place at the end of the challenge.   Community MembersNumber SolutionsSuper UsersNumber Solutions Deenuji 9 @NathanAlvares24  17 @Anil_g  7 @ManishSolanki  13 @eetuRobo  5 @David_MA  10 @VishnuReddy1997  5 @SpongYe  9JhonatanOB19932 (tie) @Nived_Nambiar  8 @maltie  2 (tie)   @PA-Noob  2 (tie)   @LukeMcG  2 (tie)   @tgut03  2 (tie)       Week 2 Results: Congratulations to the Week 2 qualifiers, you are being entered in the random drawing that will take place at the end of the challenge. Week 2: Community MembersSolutionsSuper UsersSolutionsPower Automate  @Deenuji  12@ManishSolanki 19 @Anil_g  10 @NathanAlvares24  17 @VishnuReddy1997  6 @Expiscornovus  10 @Tjan  5 @Nived_Nambiar  10 @eetuRobo  3 @SudeepGhatakNZ 8     Week 3 Results: Congratulations to the Week 3 qualifiers, you are being entered in the random drawing that will take place at the end of the challenge. Week 3:Community MembersSolutionsSuper UsersSolutionsPower Automate Deenuji32ManishSolanki55VishnuReddy199724NathanAlvares2444Anil_g22SudeepGhatakNZ40eetuRobo18Nived_Nambiar28Tjan8David_MA22   Week 4 Results: Congratulations to the Week 4 qualifiers, you are being entered in the random drawing that will take place at the end of the challenge. Week 4:Community MembersSolutionsSuper UsersSolutionsPower Automate Deenuji11FLMike31Sayan11ManishSolanki16VishnuReddy199710creativeopinion14Akshansh-Sharma3SudeepGhatakNZ7claudiovc2CFernandes5 misc2Nived_Nambiar5 Usernametwice232rzaneti5 eetuRobo2   Anil_g2   SharonS2  

Check Out | 2024 Release Wave 2 Plans for Microsoft Dynamics 365 and Microsoft Power Platform

On July 16, 2024, we published the 2024 release wave 2 plans for Microsoft Dynamics 365 and Microsoft Power Platform. These plans are a compilation of the new capabilities planned to be released between October 2024 to March 2025. This release introduces a wealth of new features designed to enhance customer understanding and improve overall user experience, showcasing our dedication to driving digital transformation for our customers and partners.    The upcoming wave is centered around utilizing advanced AI and Microsoft Copilot technologies to enhance user productivity and streamline operations across diverse business applications. These enhancements include intelligent automation, AI-powered insights, and immersive user experiences that are designed to break down barriers between data, insights, and individuals. Watch a summary of the release highlights.    Discover the latest features that empower organizations to operate more efficiently and adaptively. From AI-driven sales insights and customer service enhancements to predictive analytics in supply chain management and autonomous financial processes, the new capabilities enable businesses to proactively address challenges and capitalize on opportunities.    

Updates to Transitions in the Power Platform Communities

We're embarking on a journey to enhance your experience by transitioning to a new community platform. Our team has been diligently working to create a fresh community site, leveraging the very Dynamics 365 and Power Platform tools our community advocates for.  We started this journey with transitioning Copilot Studio forums and blogs in June. The move marks the beginning of a new chapter, and we're eager for you to be a part of it. The rest of the Power Platform product sites will be moving over this summer.   Stay tuned for more updates as we get closer to the launch. We can't wait to welcome you to our new community space, designed with you in mind. Let's connect, learn, and grow together.   Here's to new beginnings and endless possibilities!   If you have any questions, observations or concerns throughout this process please go to   To stay up to date on the latest details of this migration and other important Community updates subscribe to our News and Announcements forums: Copilot Studio, Power Apps, Power Automate, Power Pages

Users online (3,603)