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Formatting Output

I have three, what should be simple, questions on formatting output from a Get Files (Properties Only) action into an email body:

In the flow below:

  1. Formatting the date/time : I cannot find any way to use the date formatting functions on the value "Issue Date"
  2. Is there a method of inserting spaces between fields in the value column
  3. Is there a way of inserting spaces in the header column names

For both these last questions I have tried using _0020_ and %20 type formatting codes but these just show as typed




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Create a temporary  Compose. This is only so that you can go to expression, type item()?['Date'] and hit ok. Then click in the Compose box. Hit Ctrl-A followed by Ctrl-C then go to your HTML action and hit Ctrl-V and it will appear as a fucntion rather than text

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Hi @StevenMoore,


I foudn the same problem with the spaces. If you crteate a varibale called space and set it to a single space you can use this varibale to added spaces. Not great but at least it seems to work.

Thanks for that one Pieter - that works, any idea on the date formatting?

This should work:


convertTimeZone(utcnow(),'UTC','W. Europe Standard Time','dd/MM/yyyy HH:mm')

Tried that previously, see below, it's not so much the command it's how to get that command to work within the Create HTML Table action as it just puts this in as a string:





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I would use a string variable. Then use the above function and include the variable in your html action


I tried that, following on from your use of the SPACE chatracter, the same happens, there must be some delimiter that I can't find to allow this.

HI Steven,


I tried it via a select. I managed to get the dates formated in an array using the select. Bu the generate table seems to mess things up a bit.


But I got it to work at the end:



First you need to create a Select like this:


convertTimeZone(item()?['Created'],'UTC','W. Europe Standard Time','dd/MM/yyyy HH:mm')




To get item()?['Date'] into that Value of the HTML action I crteate a compose where I added the expression then copied the fucntion value and pasted it into the HTML action. Painful but it worked.


Nearly there, I followed you right up to the point of getting the item into the HTML, I can't get an expression with the item, works perfectly to that point and I can see the reformatted dates in the flow run:


Create a temporary  Compose. This is only so that you can go to expression, type item()?['Date'] and hit ok. Then click in the Compose box. Hit Ctrl-A followed by Ctrl-C then go to your HTML action and hit Ctrl-V and it will appear as a fucntion rather than text

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For inserting spaces in the header column, you can just type the name, e.g. Next Review, on any text editor then copy and paste it on the column header. It works for me.

Type it into the expression box, do not type it directly in the field.

@Pieter_Veenstra could you describe how you created this space variable? 

@Pieter_Veenstra could you describe how you created this space variable? 

@wojcika , you can initialize a varibale with an expression like this:


replace("X","X"," ")

@Pieter_Veenstra Thank you so much for responding. I am still struggling a bit, this should be pretty straight forward but I am getting an invalid expression.


I basically want to add spaces after "Posted by:" 


Thoughts on this? Any insight would be super helpful. 

The replace doesn't seem to be right. 


in the space variable action can you put the expressions as 


concat("post by", "   ")


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