Showing results for 
Search instead for 
Did you mean: 
Kudo Commander
Kudo Commander

How to stop infinite loop when workflow modifies list that workflow is set to run on

I have a SharePoint library, we'll call it Library "Test".   I have a custom approval (NOT using the approval actions in FLOW) process I built using standard SharePoint and Office 365 Connectors.  The FLOW has some delays in it as well.  


The FLOW triggers on "When a file is created or modified (Properties only).  The problem is that the workflow may run for a few days, waiting for a status change.  If Joe User comes along and makes a change to the file or to any of it's properties...that kicks off the FLOW again.  I don't want that (in SharePoint Designer, you could only have one instance of one workflow running on an item or on a document and it's properties at a time.  If somebody modified the list or library item while a SPD workflow another instance of the workflow running - quick note for Microsoft...I've been noticing that FLOW offers some GREAT functionality, but it misses huge too often when it comes to SharePoint which I would presume is the primary platform for FLOWs.  If that presumption is correct, I'm hoping to see the FLOW team do some focused analysis on what is left to cover 

to make sure FLOW is solid when it comes to SharePoint and does everything that Designer did - I digress, but only because I have a certain level of passion around workflows) to happen.  This ends up creating an infinite loop, because actions inside the workflow that write back to the underlying library (changing column values) start up a new instance of the workflow.


Is there a workaround to stop this infinite loop? 


I don't think there the event I'm correct in my would be great (super useful) to have the choice to be able to configure a global setting for the workflow...something like this:


Check this box to only allow one instance of this workflow to run at a time (if this workflow is running and is triggered again, the subsequent workflow will be terminated). 


Check this box to allow multiple instances of this workflow to run at the same time (if this workflow is running and is triggered to run again, the trigger will be successful and a 2nd instance of this workflow will begin.  There is no limit to the number of workflow instances that can run simultaneously).  


Thank you for your hard work FLOW team. You have a useful, feature rich product.  Hoping to see it become a little tighter within SharePoint and with global settings.  




Community Support
Community Support

Hi WillyD44,


Have you tried the trigger “When a file is created(properties only)”? Will it meet your needs? Using this trigger, your flow will be only triggered when a file is created but not updated.

When using the trigger “When a file is created or modified(Properties)”, to stop the flow to be triggered when the file or any other properties are modified, you may add a Condition to check if the Created time is equal to Modified time.

If they are equal, it means that the file is newly created, if they are not equal, it means that there are some modifications on the file.

After the Condition, you could add other action under If yes/If no branch according to your needs.

Please take the following screenshot for a reference:



Please have a try with it and feel free reply if you need more help.


Best regards,
Mabel Mao

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.

Thank you for your help, but my issue is a little different.  Well after the file is created and person A modifies the file properites, then 4 minutes later person B modifies the properties...I want the workflow to NOT run because there is already an instance of it running.  


Ideally this would be a global setting as there could be times where I would want multiple instances of the same FLOW running concurrently.  But in my use case above, I do not. 






Hi WillyD44,


Thanks for clarification.


My understanding is that you just want the flow triggers for one modification but not every time a modification happens.

I am afraid that it might be not possible, the trigger “When a file is created or modified” will trigger the flow whenever a new file is created or a modification happens.

You may consider submitting your request at Flow Ideas Forum, hope PGs will take it into consideration in future releases:


Best regards,
Mabel Mao

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.

Hi WillyD44,


i've hit the same roadblock. I am reverting back to SP designer and WF2013. I was not able to find a workaround.


There are a ton of scenarios when the item is modified and it is absurd that the whole flow runs top-to-bottom.


We need single-instance workflows badly. If anyone has managed to find a solution please post it here. 

My workaround was to:

  • create 7 FLOWS (absurd and I won't use it in production).  Each workflow handles the actions I want to happen that are associated with a certain column (Document Status) status.  The reason for 7 FLOWs is that I can associate actions to each document status.  By isolating actions to certain document statuses, I can also terminate workflows that don't apply. 
  • create a copy of all key fields to compare to the original so I know if a change has happened (i.e. Field 1 and CopyField1.  By default both fields have the same value.  If a user modifies my library and changes Field will no longer equal CopyField1. At this point I know a change has occured to the Document Status field as opposed to the user adding a period in a multi-line of text field. 
  • begin each FLOW with 2 conditions (see screenshot after reading the below) 
    • Condition 1:  Does DocumentStatus field equal a certain value.  If no, that means that actions associated with the current field value do not pertain to the actions in this particular workflow.  So..I terminate the process.
    • Condition 2: I look to see if the Document Status field has changed.  If the key field has not changed, I terminate the workflow.  If the key field I am evaluating has changed (DocumentStatus does not equal CopyDocumentStatus) then I allow the workflow to continue because I KNOW that at least one of the changes in my item was a change to Document Status and I now want to run XYZ actions.  



I'm not using this solution in production, because it is too hard to maintain.  7 workiflows with lots of logic...if something breaks or needs to be added, I'd be in trouble.  


Yes, I hope they add a feature to allow concurrent instances of the same workflow or not allow it as a toggle swithch for each workflow. 


Good luck. 


Hi All,


I also need single workflow instant run at a time. In my case I am triggering work flow on item update. Also in the workflow i am updating same list to maintain workflow status, custom log and other fields as per my need but my workflow gets in infinite loop when I am updating current list item in the workflow. 


Earlier we are using SharePoint designer/ Nintex workflow and it works fine for us.


Can you provide a simple action like set field value which will update the list item but not trigger workflow update event?


This is my POC to convert SharePoint designer/Nintex workfow to Microsoft flow. We need to convert thousants of workflow in future if POC gets success.


Appriciate your help to provide workaround for this senario.

Responsive Resident
Responsive Resident

here are multiple ways to stop the infinite loop in Power Automate, Kindly read the below articles for a better idea,

Power Apps Form and Flag Column: 

CSOM Update: 

Multiple Lines of Text as Flag Column: 


Regular Visitor

A simple solution i have used in the past is a yes/no box as a condition.  Have all boxes default to no.  I make users check the box to trigger a flow run and the flow changes the box back to no at the end. 


Not 100% sure if it would apply here but it worked for me to specify when we send email updates.

Helpful resources


Announcing the MPPC's Got Power Talent Show at #MPPC23

Are you attending the Microsoft Power Platform Conference 2023 in Las Vegas? If so, we invite you to join us for the MPPC's Got Power Talent Show!      Our talent show is more than a show—it's a grand celebration of connection, inspiration, and shared journeys. Through stories, skills, and collective experiences, we come together to uplift, inspire, and revel in the magic of our community's diverse talents. This year, our talent event promises to be an unforgettable experience, echoing louder and brighter than anything you've seen before.    We're casting a wider net with three captivating categories:  Demo Technical Solutions: Show us your Power Platform innovations, be it apps, flows, chatbots, websites or dashboards... Storytelling: Share tales of your journey with Power Platform. Hidden Talents: Unveil your creative side—be it dancing, singing, rapping, poetry, or comedy. Let your talent shine!    Got That Special Spark? A Story That Demands to Be Heard? Your moment is now!  Sign up to Showcase Your Brilliance:  Deadline for submissions: Thursday, Sept 28th    How It Works:  Submit this form to sign up:  We'll contact you if you're selected. Get ready to be onstage!  The Spotlight is Yours: Each participant has 3-5 minutes to shine, with insightful commentary from our panel of judges. We’re not just giving you a stage; we’re handing you the platform to make your mark.     Be the Story We Tell: Your talents and narratives will not just entertain but inspire, serving as the bedrock for our community’s future stories and successes.    Celebration, Surprises, and Connections: As the curtain falls, the excitement continues! Await surprise awards and seize the chance to mingle with industry experts, Microsoft Power Platform leaders, and community luminaries. It's not just a show; it's an opportunity to forge connections and celebrate shared successes.    Event Details:  Date and Time: Wed Oct 4th, 6:30-9:00PM   Location: MPPC23 at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas, NV, USA  

September User Group Success Story: Reading Dynamics 365 & Power Platform User Group

The Reading Dynamics 365 and Power Platform User Group is a community-driven initiative that started in September 2022. It has quickly earned recognition for its enthusiastic leadership and resilience in the face of challenges. With a focus on promoting learning and networking among professionals in the Dynamics 365 and Power Platform ecosystem, the group has grown steadily and gained a reputation for its commitment to its members!   The group, which had its inaugural event in January 2023 at the Microsoft UK Headquarters in Reading, has since organized three successful gatherings, including a recent social lunch. They maintain a regular schedule of four events per year, each attended by an average of 20-25 enthusiastic participants who enjoy engaging talks and, of course, pizza.   The Reading User Group's presence is primarily spread through LinkedIn and Meetup, with the support of the wider community. This thriving community is managed by a dedicated team consisting of Fraser Dear, Tim Leung, and Andrew Bibby, who serves as the main point of contact for the UK Dynamics 365 and Power Platform User Groups.   Andrew Bibby, an active figure in the Dynamics 365 and Power Platform community, nominated this group due to his admiration for the Reading UK User Group's efforts. He emphasized their remarkable enthusiasm and success in running the group, noting that they navigated challenges such as finding venues with resilience and smiles on their faces. Despite being a relatively new group with 20-30 members, they have managed to achieve high attendance at their meetings.   The group's journey began when Fraser Dear moved to the Reading area and realized the absence of a user group catering to professionals in the Dynamics 365 and Power Platform space. He reached out to Andrew, who provided valuable guidance and support, allowing the Reading User Group to officially join the UK Dynamics 365 and Power Platform User Groups community.   One of the group's notable achievements was overcoming the challenge of finding a suitable venue. Initially, their "home" was the Microsoft UK HQ in Reading. However, due to office closures, they had to seek a new location with limited time. Fortunately, a connection with Stephanie Stacey from Microsoft led them to Reading College and its Institute of Technology. The college generously offered them event space and support, forging a mutually beneficial partnership where the group promotes the Institute and encourages its members to support the next generation of IT professionals.   With the dedication of its leadership team, the Reading Dynamics 365 and Power Platform User Group is poised to continue growing and thriving! Their story exemplifies the power of community-driven initiatives and the positive impact they can have on professional development and networking in the tech industry. As they move forward with their upcoming events and collaborations with Reading College, the group is likely to remain a valuable resource for professionals in the Reading area and beyond.  

A Celebration of What We've Achieved--And Announcing Our Winners

As the sun sets on the #SummerofSolutions Challenge, it's time to reflect and celebrate! The journey we embarked upon together was not just about providing answers – it was about fostering a sense of community, encouraging collaboration, and unlocking the true potential of the Power Platform tools.   From the initial announcement to the final week's push, the Summer of Solutions Challenge has been a whirlwind of engagement and growth. It was a call to action for every member of our Power Platform community, urging them to contribute their expertise, engage in discussions, and elevate collective knowledge across the community as part of the low-code revolution.   Reflecting on the Impact As the challenge ends, it's essential to reflect on the impact it’s had across our Power Platform communities: Community Resilience: The challenge demonstrated the resilience of our community. Despite geographical distances and diverse backgrounds, we came together to contribute, learn, and collaborate. This resilience is the cornerstone of our collective strength.Diverse Expertise: The solutions shared during the challenge underscore the incredible expertise within our community. From intricate technical insights to creative problem-solving, our members showcased their diverse skill sets, enhancing our community's depth.Shared Learning: Solutions spurred shared learning. They provided opportunities for members to grasp new concepts, expand their horizons, and uncover the Power Platform tools' untapped potential. This learning ripple effect will continue to shape our growth. Empowerment: Solutions empowered community members. They validated their knowledge, boosted their confidence, and highlighted their contributions. Each solution shared was a step towards personal and communal empowerment. We are proud and thankful as we conclude the Summer of Solutions Challenge. The challenge showed the potential of teamwork, the benefit of knowledge-sharing, and the resilience of our Power Platform community. The solutions offered by each member are more than just answers; they are the expression of our shared commitment to innovation, growth, and progress!     Drum roll, Please... And now, without further ado, it's time to announce the winners who have risen above the rest in the Summer of Solutions Challenge!   These are the top community users and Super Users who have not only earned recognition but have become beacons of inspiration for us all.   Power Apps Community:  Community User Winner: @SpongYe Super User Winner: Pending Acceptance Power Automate Community:  Community User Winner: @trice602 Super User Winner: @Expiscornovus  Power Virtual Agents Community: Community User Winner: Pending AcceptanceSuper User: Pending Acceptance Power Pages Community: Community User Winner: @OOlashyn Super User Winner: @ChristianAbata   We are also pleased to announced two additional tickets that we are awarding to the Overall Top Solution providers in the following communities:    Power Apps: @LaurensM   Power Automate: @ManishSolanki    Thank you for making this challenge a resounding success. Your participation has reaffirmed the strength of our community and the boundless potential that lies within each of us. Let's keep the spirit of collaboration alive as we continue on this incredible journey in Power Platform together.Winners, we will see you in Vegas! Every other amazing solutions superstar, we will see you in the Community!Congratulations, everyone!

September featured user group leader

 Ayonija Shatakshi, a seasoned senior consultant at Improving, Ohio, is a passionate advocate for M365, SharePoint, Power Platform, and Azure, recognizing how they synergize to deliver top-notch solutions. Recently, we asked Ayonija to share her journey as a user group leader, shedding light on her motivations and the benefits she's reaped from her community involvement.      Ayonija embarked on her role as a user group leader in December 2022, driven by a desire to explore how the community leveraged various Power Platform components. When she couldn't find a suitable local group, she decided to create one herself!    Speaking about the impact of the community on her professional and personal growth, Ayonija says, "It's fascinating to witness how everyone navigates the world of Power Platform, dealing with license constraints and keeping up with new features. There's so much to learn from their experiences.:        Her favorite aspect of being a user group leader is the opportunity to network and engage in face-to-face discussions with fellow enthusiasts, fostering deeper connections within the community. Offering advice to budding user group leaders, Ayonija emphasized the importance of communication and consistency, two pillars that sustain any successful community initiative.      When asked why she encourages others to become user group leaders, Ayonija said, "Being part of a user group is one of the best ways to connect with experienced professionals in the same field and glean knowledge from them. If there isn't a local group, consider starting one; you'll soon find like-minded individuals."      Her highlight from the past year as a user group leader was witnessing consistent growth within the group, a testament to the thriving community she has nurtured. Advocating for user group participation, Ayonija stated, "It's the fastest route to learning from the community, gaining insights, and staying updated on industry trends."   Check out her group: Cleveland Power Platform User Group

An MPPC23 Invitation from Charles Lamanna, CVP of Microsoft Business Applications & Platform

Hear from Corporate Vice President for Microsoft Business Applications & Platform, Charles Lamanna, as he looks ahead to the second annual Microsoft Power Platform Conference from October 3rd-5th 2023 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.Have you got your tickets yet? Register today at  

August new user groups and September user group events

We wanted to take the time to celebrate and welcome the new user groups that have joined our community. Along with that take a look at the event that might be happening near you or virtually.   Please welcome:  Biz Apps Community User Group - Power Platform Community ( This user group is dedicated for all community members of all skill levels to learn how to get the most out of their community experience. East Michigan Power Platform User Group - Power Platform Community ( This is hopefully the beginning of a community, covering eastern Michigan, built around the Power Platform.  Biz Apps Community User Group This user group is dedicated for all community members of all skill levels to learn how to get the most out of their community experience.     Events to checkout:   In-Person: September 2023 Hybrid Philadelphia Dynamics 365 & Power Platform User Group MeetDynamics 365 and Power Platform Physical Meetup Hyderabad Power Platform User Group Meetup - Sept 2023 (In-Person)Manchester September 2023 In Person Meeting Virtual: Everything Dataverse, Do you know that Dataverse is more than just a Database!POWER PLATFORM MONTHLY DIGEST- SEPTEMBERBaltic Summit 2023PL-900 Power Platform Fundamentals TrainingHR and L&D transformation through Power PlatformDynamics 365 Marketing Experience User Groups - Use Cases and NetworkingPower Platform and Dual Write from Dynamics 365 F&O PerspectiveANZ D365 FinOps Team September 2023 meetup

Users online (1,565)