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Folder Dates

I have a document library in which the contents were recently migrated from a file server. 


This library has a list of folders, within those folders live several files. If none of the files within the folder have been modified in the prior month, the folder should be moved to archive. When these files lived on the file server, modifying any file also modified the folder date. So moving these folders manually once per month was easy. Now that it's in SharePoint, modifying the files does nothing to the folders. So it's become a problem. 


I can either build a flow that looks inside the individual folders and moves the folder if the files contained withing weren't modified in the prior month. 




I can build a flow that compares a list of entries in an excel spreadsheet column to the list of folders and move any folders that do not exist in the Excel spreadsheet. 


I'm not sure if this is entirely clear but please let me know if you have any suggestions on how to achieve either of these objectives. I can't seem to figure out how to attack this. 


Thanks for any suggestions!!!

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Re: Folder Dates

Avoid using Excel in your Flows if at all possible, due ot their very heavy limitations. You could use a SharePoint List for this task, but I think your first idea is likely the best way to attack it. All you have to do is use the Get files action for the document Library and use the ODATA Filter to filter out recently updated files, and utilize an Add a condition to a flow. FilterQuery.png


Here's a look at the Supported OData query options, which includes date/time:ODATAfiltering.png

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Re: Folder Dates

Thanks for the direction. The Excel idea only came up because they regularly export a CSV list of active employees that they work off of. I'll scrap that and work from your suggestions. I'll report back with results/challenges. Appreciate it!

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Re: Folder Dates

Hello @jaybertx ,


You can configure your flow as shown in the screenshots below,Annotation 2019-05-13 163831.png



Step1: Add List folder action to get the file of folder.


Step2: Add Apply to each action, and put in actions Filter array, to filter each file within folder whether have been modified in the prior month.

The first blank:

formatDateTime(item()?['LastModified'], 'yyyy-MM-dd')

The second blank:

addDays(utcNow(), -30, 'yyyy-MM-dd')

Annotation 2019-05-13 163931.png

Step3: set condition, and judge the length of "Filter array" output whether is 0.

-If yes, Move folder.

-If no, do nothing.



Annotation 2019-05-13 164702.png

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