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AshlynH
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Identify and rename a OneDrive file

I am trying to create a flow that will identify a file in my OneDrive Downloads folder based on 2 conditions, and then rename it with today's date and move it to another folder. 

 

This should be possible with the Compose and "Move or rename a file (OneDrive for Business)" connections but I am getting errors when it tries to execute the move/rename action. 

 

I've pasted here what it says when I try to test the flow:

Error
Action 'Move_or_rename_a_file' failed
Error Details
The file id 'Daily Transaction Summary Report-2023-10 (1).xlsx' is not valid.
 
Here is the raw input of the action that fails:

 

{
    "host": {
        "connectionReferenceName": "shared_onedriveforbusiness",
        "operationId": "MoveFile"
    },
    "parameters": {
        "id": "Daily Transaction Summary Report-2023-10 (1).xlsx",
        "destination": "C:\\Users\\xxx\\xxx\\xxx\\My DTS\\",
        "overwrite": true
    }
}

Perhaps I'm not fully understanding HOW to rename a file with that action? Should I be putting the new file name in the File field, or the old one so that it is identified?

I've even tried to split it up and perform the action twice: once to move, and once to rename. Could it be because the Excel file I am trying to rename doesn't have editing enabled when I open the file? That shouldn't prevent me from renaming it in File Explorer though.

 

Not sure, just looking for some direction here!

 

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Pstork1
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If you are creating the path to the file in a Compose and then using that as a file identifier you need to enclose that in an EncodeUriComponent() function to translate spaces and special characters. I know what you are using looks like the string in a run, but you need to encode it if you are using a variable instead of the file picker.



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AshlynH
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So - update! I've been able to successfully rename the file (using the id parameter rather than name), but I am having trouble moving it from my Downloads to "C:\xx\xx\OneDrive\Desktop\My DTS". When I enter that as the File Destination Path, it just renames the whole file to the path chosen. How can I get that file from my downloads to a specified folder?

 

Edit: the flow also only seems to run when I am testing it, it doesn't run on its own. Sorry if these are very simple solutions, I am brand new to using Power Automate.

Pstork1
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"C:\xx\xx\OneDrive\Desktop\My DTS" isn't a folder in OneDrive. Its a folder on your desktop that is synced with a folder in OneDrive.  Make sure you are using the URL address of the file in OneDrive on the web.

 

For it only running during testing, what trigger are you using?



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