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MS Flow Markdown Table Format

Hi, I have created an approval flow where I send the below data in markdown table in 'start and wait for an approval' action.

The table format is disturbed. How can I give certain width to the column to make it look better?

 

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v-litu-msft
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Hi @PriyaFernandes,

 

GFM Markdown table syntax is quite simple. It does not allow row or cell spanning as well as putting multi-line text in a cell. The first row is always the header followed by an extra line with dashes "-" and optional colons ":" for forcing column alignment.

| Tables   |      Are      |  Cool |
|----------|:-------------:|------:|
| col 1 is |  left-aligned | $1600 |
| col 2 is |    centered   |   $12 |
| col 3 is | right-aligned |    $1 |

For more information, you could refer to this document:

Markdown Tables generator - TablesGenerator.com

 

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Community Support Team _ Lin Tu
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v-litu-msft
Community Support
Community Support

Hi @PriyaFernandes,

 

GFM Markdown table syntax is quite simple. It does not allow row or cell spanning as well as putting multi-line text in a cell. The first row is always the header followed by an extra line with dashes "-" and optional colons ":" for forcing column alignment.

| Tables   |      Are      |  Cool |
|----------|:-------------:|------:|
| col 1 is |  left-aligned | $1600 |
| col 2 is |    centered   |   $12 |
| col 3 is | right-aligned |    $1 |

For more information, you could refer to this document:

Markdown Tables generator - TablesGenerator.com

 

Best Regards,
Community Support Team _ Lin Tu
If this post helps, then please consider Accept it as the solution to help the other members find it more quickly.

orchidc
Regular Visitor

 

Hi, I have same issue on the email, the approval in team looks fine but when there is a long text on MoreInfo it is where it breaks.

|Description|Amt|Curr|Date|MoreInfo|
|:-------|---:|:---|:----|:--------------|

then append the line items:

orchidc_2-1632994848543.png

Email View: (Looks broken) - Same as the original post, it needs fix width at the moment it becomes dynamic

orchidc_0-1632994576633.png

Approval Teams View: (Looks fine)

orchidc_1-1632994626690.png

 

Hi. I also have this problem and already tried different ways to fix it but none worked. 

May I know if you have finally found a solution on this? 

Tailssan
New Member

Still seems to be no known solution to the real problem. The approval emails looks awful and all the headers have an unchangeable fixed width. 

On my end, the approvals in MS Teams look okay but the ones in Outlook don't. It's probably the feature itself that needs rework to make it look cleaner on the approval emails. For now, I just had to let it be as I have no choice. Any adjustments I did before would end up either Teams or Outlook approvals looking awful. 

Let's hope they will take notice of this.

LKS
Resolver I
Resolver I

Hi All

 

I use a little trick to make tables look a little better in Outlook. It doesn't fix the issue but it might do the trick for you.

 

The column widths are determined by the column headers. Adding or removing characters into the column headers will change the width of the columns. Here's the trick, use a whitespace character to pad your narrow column headers.

 

First open VS Code and paste your markdown table. This step is not strictly required but it makes it easier.

 

Then go to this URL https://emptycharacter.com/ and copy the empty character.

 

Now pad your table headings you want to widen with the empty character. Below I'm doing it with the Amount column

 

lkaspar_0-1666939602991.png

 

Finally, go back to the Approval body and paste the table.

 

Hopefully this will help some of you until Microsoft fixes the formatting.

jinivthakkar
Community Champion
Community Champion

This can be solved using   and worked for me today in email and teams notification:

 

Please find my working markdown code:

 

| Action ‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎         | Description |
|--------------------------|:-----------|
| **Migrate**‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎          ‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎| Some text here  |
| **Remove**          ‎| Some text here |
| **Reject**‎         | Some text here |
| **Reassign**‎      | Some text here |

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