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troymill
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Some columns missing when importing data from Excel to SharePoint via Power Automate

I made a simple flow to import an Excel table into a SharePoint list (part of which is shown below, not shown are just more fields to import).

flow-outline.jpg

 

It works great, except some columns in the SharePoint list are not filled with data for some reason. The corresponding columns are all filled in the Excel sheet so I don't see what went wrong here. Am I running into some sort of limit? I'm importing around 30 columns.

 

Any help is very much appreciated!

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troymill
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It turns out that the problem was that there were "/" characters within some of the column names in the Excel sheet. Apparently this causes problems, so the flow didn't work. Simply changing the names of these columns fixed things.

 

Slightly frustrating that this problem isn't documented anywhere (that I'm aware of), but now we know! 🙂

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DeepakS
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I don't think you hitting a limit. Use compose action before you update list item to check what you getting in those columns.  

This is what I get for the columns that aren't working.

 

compose.jpg

 

Hi @troymill 

Please ensure that your Excel column data types align to the destination List.

Please refer to link below to see if it could helps.

https://normyoung.ca/2020/07/20/import-excel-data-into-an-existing-sharepoint-list-using-power-autom...

Hope the content above may help you.

Best Regards

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My data consists of around 30 columns of integer data that need to be imported into SharePoint. I have the SharePoint columns set as "single line of text" because Power Automate seemed to be reading the Excel columns as Strings. Maybe this is the problem? However, most of these column imports work just fine (only around 10 columns are bringing in blank data), which makes me think that's not the case.

 

Do you have any ideas as to what might be causing the columns to behave differently? Let me know.

 

Thank you!

Additionally:

 

I tried making a new flow that just cycles through the rows of the Excel sheet and sets a variable to one of the problematic columns. Even here, the value is just set to null for some reason.

 

So for some reason, Power Automate just can't pull from this column.

 

Not sure if this helps, but just some more info.

troymill
Advocate I
Advocate I

It turns out that the problem was that there were "/" characters within some of the column names in the Excel sheet. Apparently this causes problems, so the flow didn't work. Simply changing the names of these columns fixed things.

 

Slightly frustrating that this problem isn't documented anywhere (that I'm aware of), but now we know! 🙂

JohnDoeTheHelpe
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Yes and moreover, bear in mind that the column name CANNOT be a keyword value, for example "Type" cannot be used in Column name. Instead just rename it to "Type Desc" or whatever you want 🙂

So two things are forbidden: SLASHES ("/") in column names AND also keywords such as Type, Int, etc.

Once renamed, it should solve the issue. 
Good luck 🙂

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