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MikeyCas
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Missing data after union function to sidestep Sort function

Hello, 

 

I am building a flow for work linked to a Microsoft form, the goal of which is to provide my managers a To Do list of action items. 

 

I originally created 1 array variable to include all desired responses, not knowing I couldn't apply a sort function to the outcome. Since I need the To Do list to be presented in a specific order, I ended up changing the flow to work with 1 array variable to 15 array variables to coincide with the 15 sections of the To Do list (the line items per section are scrambled but that's ok).

 

From there, I tried to use the union function using "Compose" in "Data Operations" but for some reason, I lose some of the action items. This would have been an ideal solution so that I could get all my data "sorted" in one table vs. my current solution of creating 15 HTML tables (all with different column widths, which looks a tad unprofessional) and pasting them one on top of the other in my email to my manager(s) (see below) . 

 

How can I make it so that I have one table with no missing data? I want to avoid attaching excel documents as I plan on transitioning this from an email sent to a text message sent. 

 

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Thank you, 

Michael

 

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abm
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Hi @MikeyCas 

 

Thanks for the screen share and explaining your requirement. This is an interesting question and I thought of doing a tutorial video about this. Might be useful for other community members as well.

 

In my video I explains the technique to collect all Microsoft form responses and apply the custom filters. If you have any questions please let me know.

 

https://youtu.be/dZ3JFlBi_eY

 

Thanks

 



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Hi @MikeyCas 

 

Without seeing your flow and data its difficult to give you an exact answer. Please see below blog

 

Power Automate HTML Table Styling – Ryan Maclean (ryanmaclean365.com)

 

Have a look and see what you could do with your data. If you still need help please let me know.

 

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Hello @abm 

 

Thank you so much for the prompt reply. Here is a few snippets of my flow: 

 

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I am basically initializing a bunch of array variables to help sort/structure my data. Then I go through each question, and when the answer is (for the most part) "No", then it is appended to 1 of the 15 array variables (see the example above for Condition 6 - all is structured the same way). Ideally, I would rather have 1 table with all the action items vs. many tables. Once the email is sent, the flow is done. 

 

Thank you,

Michael 

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Hi @MikeyCas 

 

Can't you append all into one array? I can see you have same headings you shown in your previous posts.

 

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hi @abm 

 

I originally had it appended into one array but because power automate doesn't have a sort feature and I need the results presented in certain order, I had to break it up into many array variables. Now, I want to merge the data from these variables into one table. I tried with the union formula, but I keep losing data. 

abm
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Hi @MikeyCas 

 

There is no direct function for sorting array in Power Automate. Here is a good article for a workaround.

 

How to implement Sort with Microsoft Flow in 3 actions within a loop — John Liu .NET

 

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Hi @abm 

Thanks for the reply. I appreciate the post provided but is there no way to merge the data appended in my variables with the union function or another means without losing data? 

abm
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Hi @MikeyCas 

 

Please check your email?

 

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@abm I set up a meeting for us to meet, but you did not show. Is everything ok? 

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Hi @MikeyCas 

 

Thanks for the screen share and explaining your requirement. This is an interesting question and I thought of doing a tutorial video about this. Might be useful for other community members as well.

 

In my video I explains the technique to collect all Microsoft form responses and apply the custom filters. If you have any questions please let me know.

 

https://youtu.be/dZ3JFlBi_eY

 

Thanks

 



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@abm this is amazing! Thank you so much! 

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Thanks. If you have any more questions please let me know. Hope its helpful.



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