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wonka1234
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Update 2 different lists at the same time, seems like it isnt working

hi all,

 

seems like my updating items on the right isnt working.  Why is this?

 

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They both update 2 separate lists.

as you can see - it looks like the right list isnt being updated - 

 

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Any workarounds?

 

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creativeopinion
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@wonka1234 It's not ideal to nest a Get Items action inside an Apply to Each action. I would recommend using a Filter Array action instead. You should have your Get Items actions outside of the Apply to Each loops and run that action one per SP List. 

 

By having your Get Items action outside of the Apply to Each loop, you will only run the API call once per list rather than multiple times for the same list. It's also hard to tell what's going on in your flow without your actions expanded.

 

To learn more about how to use the Filter Array action, please refer to this YT Tutorial: Are you using the Microsoft Power Automate Filter Array Action wrong?

 

In this video tutorial I’ll show you 3 practical ways to use the Filter Array action and how to use it properly.

1️⃣ Cross-Referencing Data

2️⃣ Filtering by Key

3️⃣ Substring Matching

 

Did you know that the Condition action has a limit of 10 conditions? Although it might look like the Filter Array action can only accept one condition—this is not true. By using the advanced mode you can enter multiple conditions into a Filter Array action with an expression.

 

IN THIS VIDEO:

 3 Ways to Use the Filter Array Action

How to use the Scope Action to Group Actions

How to Check the Number of Items returned from a Filter Array Action

How to Cross-Reference Data in Excel with a SharePoint List

 How the Filter Array Action Works

 How to Access the Dynamic Content from a Filter Array Action

 How to Filter Items by a Key

How to Filter Items by Matching a Substring

How to Use Multiple Conditions in a Filter Array Action

 

Hope this helps!

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wonka1234
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@creativeopinion  to add detail - would you be able to help here?

 

 

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as you can see, after r unning doesnt look like items are being updated on the right side

 

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@wonka1234 The logic of your flow needs to be adjusted. You need to use a Filter Array action in your flow. The nested Apply to Each actions is the reason you are having an issue. 

 

You need to have a Get Items action OUTSIDE of the Apply to Each action for list 3. You need to run this once—in the root of your flow. You will then need to filter out those IDs from List 1 and 2 that belong in List 3. 

 

I cover how to do that in the tutorial I've linked above. Although the tutorial covers how to cross-reference data between an Excel table and a SharePoint list. The concept can be applied to cross-referencing data between two SharePoint lists. 

 

You might also find this YT Tutorial helpful: 3 Mistakes YOU 🫵 are Making with the Apply to Each Action in your Microsoft Power Automate Flow

 

In this video tutorial I’ll go over how to avoid these common mistakes when using the Apply to Each action in a Power Automate flow:

 

1️⃣ Looping through a Single Item

2️⃣ Creating Unnecessary Nested Loops

3️⃣ Looping through an Unfiltered Array

 

At the end of the video I share a few helpful insights when it comes to using the Apply to Each action in your flow.

I'll also cover:

 How to avoid the Apply to Each action with a single item array

 How to use the item() function to access dynamic content in an array

 How to prevent unnecessary nested Apply to Each action loops

 How to use the Select action

 How to convert an array to a string with the Select action

How to use the Filter Query field

 How to count the number of items in an array

 How to use a condition control

 How to use the concurrency control

 How to set a top count

 How to use Compose actions for troubleshooting

@creativeopinion 

 

am I on the right track here?

 

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