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Removing Special Characters from SharePoint List

Hello all,

 

I am kind of stuck here. I found a great article ( here) that shows the steps on how to remove special characters. When I try and replicate it, it gives me an error. Not really sure what I did wrong. The expression I tried to use is:

replace(variables('CleanMe'), item(), ")

 

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Paulie78
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Hey, thanks for the kind words, I wrote that article! 😁

The problem with your expression is that you have a double quote at the end instead of two single quotes. You need something like this:

replace(variables('CleanMe'), item(), '')

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Paulie78
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To me it looks like you have put a comma and then a space:

', ')

But I think just a comma would be better. 

',')

It sure is difficult to read with all of those commas, finding the comma.

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Paulie78
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Hey, thanks for the kind words, I wrote that article! 😁

The problem with your expression is that you have a double quote at the end instead of two single quotes. You need something like this:

replace(variables('CleanMe'), item(), '')
Anonymous
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@Paulie78 Giving credit where credit is due! 

That advice worked great. Thank you!

 

Another issue I am having is that the comma is not being removed for some reason. I've tried to enter a comma (',') but it's not taking. Here is my array:

 

createArray('.','@','ß','²','³','µ','`','´','°','^','=','(',')','&','$','§', '~','#','%','*',':','<','>','?','/','|',', ')

 

 

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Paulie78
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Super User

To me it looks like you have put a comma and then a space:

', ')

But I think just a comma would be better. 

',')

It sure is difficult to read with all of those commas, finding the comma.

Anonymous
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You are correct @Paulie78 . I fixed it but it's still doing the same thing unfortunately. 😔

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Paulie78
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Super User

I have just tested it with a comma (and all of your other characters) and it removed it fine. But reading that blog post back again it isn't very clear and I need to update it. Go into your run history and get to the loop iteration when it hits the comma in the array. I think I know what your issue is.

Anonymous
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@Paulie78 I'm not really flow savvy but I realized that it keeps looping through only "27" even if I had a new item in there. Is this what you are referring to?

 

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Paulie78
Super User
Super User

It's not what I mean, can you take an image of the entire section please (variables and the loop). If you need to know how to take a single screenshot of the whole thing check out:

https://www.tachytelic.net/2020/10/screenshot-entire-flow-power-automate/

You might need to upload to imgbb.com for it to be viewable properly depending on size.

Anonymous
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Trying to do it the way the site suggested actually kept crashing for some reason. I'm on a small laptop for now so hopefully this will do? @Paulie78 

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Paulie78
Super User
Super User

I don't understand what your temp variable is. I think you are using your temp variable and then setting the value of your final variable to the value of the temp variable. But that means the replacements of the previous loop will be lost for every iteration. You just need a compose in the loop which replaces the value of CleanMe variable and then the set variable step right after it which sets the value of cleanme to the output of the previous compose. Does that make sense?

 

You are doing a replace, but not actually saving the result in the variable you need.

Anonymous
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@Paulie78  Yes and that makes sense, I re-evaluated it and realized that I was missing an ending compose function to see the end result. Sorry to take you through all this trouble!😣

 

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