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How to use logical IF with string function in Microsoft flow?

I built a flow to abstract a GUID from email body when new emails come in. The email body could contain:





I have built the following expression to extract the GUID


if(greater(indexof(body('Html_to_text'), '***KeyEnd'), 1),
substring(body('Html_to_text'), Add(indexof(body('Html_to_text'), 'KeyStart***'), 11), 36),
substring(body('Html_to_text'), 0, 36))


For the second case, it works. For the first case, it always returns "index out of range" in the substring. Does anyone know why?

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Hi @Gaolai,


Could you please share a screenshot of your flow's configuration?


The issue is confirmed on my side, I think this issue is related to the second parameter within your if() function. But when I add the following formula within a separated "Compose" action, the "Compose" action works well when the email body contains 3932FB4C-0DF5-11E8-A5C3-7804C4623542:





I afraid that this is issue is related to the if() function. In addition, you could consider take a try with the the following workaround as an alternative way:

  • Add a "When a new email arrives" trigger.
  • Add a "Html to text" action, Content field set to Body dynamic content of the trigger.
  • Add a Condition, click "Edit in advanced mode", type the following formula:
@greater(indexof(body('Html_to_text'), '***KeyEnd'), 1)
  • Within "If/yes" branch of Condition, add a "Compose" action, Inputs set to following formula:
  • Within "If/no" branch of Condition, add a "Compose 2" action, Inputs set to following formula:

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The flow works successfully as below:15.JPGBest regards,




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Thanks for your reply. I actually found out where the problem came from, the If operation will evaluate both parameter 2 and 3 no matter if the parameter 1 is true or false.

Thanks @v-xida-msft this fixed my si,milar issue, but is there somewhere I can vote to get the if statement to not require this workaround. 

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