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adehaan11
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Saving "Email with Options" response in Excel

I'm trying to build a flow that sends emails asking whether somebody is working from home or not. 

 

The setup is as follows (screenshots of workflow below)

1. Scheduled email sent out at 9am.

2. Pulls emails addresses from an excel list

3. New column is created in excel sheet with header name of today's date (24/03/202).

3. For each email address, an "Email with options" is sent. 

4. The responses for each recipient should be stored in the newly created column (from step 3)

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The part where I am stuck is that I cannot select the data to be stored in the newly created column. Flows does not see that this column exists yet - Therefore I cannot add the response. 

 

My current workflow

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Any help or alternatives are much appreciated! 

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efialttes
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@adehaan11 

The problem is, you are dynamicly adding a column to your excel during flow execution. Since your own flow was designed before adding the column, that's the reason new column is not reflected in your 'Update a row'

It would happen also if yo apply the same approach on a Sharepoint list. Need to change the strategy...

My suggstion is to have an excel with two tables:

one table with email address + name

The second table with 3 columns: email address, date, status

So everyday you add a row per employee on this second table, storing email address on first column, date the question was made, answer (at home...)

So if you have 4 employees, after 5 days asking you will have 20 rows in this second table

Hope this helps

 



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efialttes
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@adehaan11 

The problem is, you are dynamicly adding a column to your excel during flow execution. Since your own flow was designed before adding the column, that's the reason new column is not reflected in your 'Update a row'

It would happen also if yo apply the same approach on a Sharepoint list. Need to change the strategy...

My suggstion is to have an excel with two tables:

one table with email address + name

The second table with 3 columns: email address, date, status

So everyday you add a row per employee on this second table, storing email address on first column, date the question was made, answer (at home...)

So if you have 4 employees, after 5 days asking you will have 20 rows in this second table

Hope this helps

 



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Thanks @efialttes  for the quick reply and thorough explanation!

 

Instead of keeping the update row, I changed it to "Add a row". 

Seems to work now. 😃

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