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Wynt
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Trying to format date and time in an HTML table from SharePoint List but receiving 'Array' error or no result

Hello,

I've been a lurker in this community for a while. It has been extremely helpful as I try and navigate using Power Automate for my job. Unfortunately, I have found no working solution to my current issue. 

 

Right now, I have a flow that automatically executes each business day at 8:00:00 EST. Ultimately, this flow sends out an automated email with specific information retrieved from a SharePoint list. As of right now, it currently does exactly what is necessary, which is it emails a formatted table of filtered information from the SharePoint list to relevant parties. 

 

The problem I'm having is almost purely aesthetic in that right now the output table's date format is yyyy-MM-dd, which is not ideal. I want it to be MM-dd-yyyy, or even MM/dd/yyyy for accessibility purposes and ease of viewing for the recipients of the automated email. 

 

This is the original flow, that does what I need it to do, but the date format is yyyy-MM-dd:

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Here is the CreateHTMLtable details:

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Here is the Compose - Rename Table step in detail (Note, it remains the same in the new flow as well):

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This is the email step details (Note, it is the same in the new flow):

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This is what the email looks like when sent, which is correct but the date format is yyyy-MM-dd which I don't want:

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This is my new flow:

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This is the details of the "For Each Date" loop:

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"CreateHTMLtable" details:

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In the following Compose steps, I tried out using this solution :

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Here are the formulas I'm using for each step:
Last Shift Date: 

if(empty(triggerBody()?['Date_x0020_of_x0020_Last_x0020_S']),
    'No Date',
    replace(triggerBody()?['Date_x0020_of_x0020_Last_x0020_S'], '-', '/')
)


Effective Date: 

if(empty(triggerBody()?['Travel_x0020_Date_x002f_Effectiv']),
    'No Date',
    replace(triggerBody()?['Travel_x0020_Date_x002f_Effectiv'], '-', '/')
)
 
However, here are my two problems:
1. When I test the flow, each loop of the "For Each Date" succeeds, however this is the input and output of the formula steps when there is a date in that section of the SharePoint list, which is incorrect:
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The "No Date" should obviously not be there when there IS a date input, and the output isn't changing the input as coded (replacing '-' with '/') as a result, I think.


2. I am getting this error on my final "Compose - Rename Table" step now:

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Genuinely, I have no idea what to do. I feel like I've tried everything I could possibly locate on Google and in this community. I need to emphasize that the original flow does exactly what I need it to do, so leaving it the way it is is an option, but I'd prefer if I could adjust the formatting of the date away from yyyy-MM-dd which is what it's getting from the SharePoint list, while also accounting for the fact that there isn't always a date input in that part of the list so I either need to leave it blank or put 'No Date' (preferrably 'No Date' or 'TBD' ) when that happens. 

I feel like I'm so close, but my situation is so unique that I can't seem to find a viable solution that will work for me. I've been at this for about a whole week now. 

 

Any suggestions?

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creativeopinion
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Super User

@Wynt You actually don't need these two Compose actions. You can simply use expressions. The reason you added these compose actions is because the dynamic content isn't available to select from when you use a formula. 

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I cover how to get the dynamic content when it's not available to select from in this section of my YT Tutorial: 5 Power Automate Troubleshooting FAQs and Helpful Tips for Creating Better Flows

 

I also cover the following:

 How to troubleshoot a false Condition action result

 How to get dynamic content when it isn’t selectable from the list of dynamic content

 How to troubleshoot an Apply to Each action that isn’t looping through

 How to troubleshoot a skipped Apply to Each action

 How to troubleshoot a Filter Query

 How to use a SharePoint yes/no column in a Filter Query

 How to use Compose actions to troubleshoot a Power Automate flow

How to troubleshoot multiple emails being sent

 How to troubleshoot multiple Teams messages being sent

 

You need to delete the output in your Compose action. 

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The empty() function will check to see if the dynamic content entered into the function is empty. If so, it will return a true/false.

 

The if() function takes three parameters. 

if([boolean],[value if true],[value if false])

 

Your expression should look like this:

if([empty([date column dynamic content)],[date column dynamic content],[No Date])

 

You might also find this YT Tutorial helpful: How to Send a SINGLE EMAIL ✉️ with multiple SharePoint list items | Build THIS Power Automate Flow

 

IN THIS VIDEO:

 How to send multiple list items in a single email with a Power Automate Flow

 How to create a dynamic date range

 How to use the Convert Time Zone action

 How to use a Filter Query in the Get Items action

How to count number of items in an array

 How to use the Select action to extract a users display name and email address

 How to create a unique list of email addresses

 How to use the Create HTML Table action

 How to customize the HTML Table with CSS styles

How to use the Send an email (V2) action

How to use the Append to String Variable action

How to create a custom list of items for an email

How to use the Send an email (V2) action

How to display singular or plural text based on the number of items returned

 

Hope this helps!


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