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Prompt User for Input at Start of Approval Flow

I know there is a default Request Sign-off flow available in my Sharepoint document library already, but it doesn't do what I want exactly, and there isn't a way to get under its hood. So I've developed my own similar flow.

What I haven't succeeded at though, is figuring out how to create a prompt at the beginning of the Flow process, where the user starting the process inputs emails or identifies People within the organization to whom the Approval request is sent; and similarly, how they can input some multi-line text to be included in the Approval request email. These two inputs are required at the beginning of the built-in Request sign-off flow... I would like to implement them in my own flow in the exact same way.



Hi there.  So, are they starting/triggering the flow manually from the document library?  Is your organization using Teams?  I was leaning towards an adaptive card or something sent to the user who triggered the flow.

Another option might be to insert a Forms Pro survey?

Would a Power App make sense?

I'm guessing you want the email addresses to resolve on the fly, ya?  And maybe have some kind of path for errors?


Keep us posted.


Hi @edgonzales ,


They are triggering the flow from the document library, after selecting the document.

We are using Teams. I don't believe we have Forms Pro or Power Apps enabled though.

Ideally the solution is all kept in Sharepoint though -- is it not possible to achieve the same thing that the built-in Request Sign-off flow has, where a panel pulls out on the right side, you input the People to Approve and a message, and start the process? 

Did you get a solution on this Mike?

I didn't -- not a solution by the method I thought at the start of this thread. There was no way to get a user input form at the start of the Flow. Instead, I had to create a column in the library, where People would be input. The People were the designated approvers. At the start of a customized Approval Flow, the Designated Approver People were extracted from that column and an Approval request sent to each of them.

I wonder if Microsoft is using a hidden connector for the prompt or something like behind the scenes.  I haven't looked closely at their pricing structure, and I don't even know if those connectors would necessarily work similar to achieve what I think we both want.  It's not preferable to have folks editing the list to add "Approvers" so that they can be "read-in" by Power Automate.  Anyhow, if I find something I'll come back to the thread an update so others looking can see options.  Thanks for the quick reply.

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