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Save collection as file

Hi all,


Is it possible to save a collection as a file?


I've created a flow to save to sharepoint however in powerapps I am getting the error that the formula needs text rather than a table






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As an alternative you could collect the data and display into an HTML table to either copy and paste the data into excel or email the html table. 

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Hello Collen,

Unfortunately flow can receive only strings from powerapps and not a table.
You can concat the table in Powerapps in order to send it to Flow and use the split function in Flow in order to have it as a table.
Check online and you can find examples.
Also you can create a JSON string in powerapps using the concat function if you know how to do it.

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Thanks Mike for the info! 


I've been looking around and struggling to find examples of what you're talking about. Could you provide me with a link or so that demonstrate concatenating a table - then flow recreating it?


Kind regards,



If your keen, you can patch to a list with columns that you can pass to flow.

Flow can take action on an item added, and evaluate.


Flow can use an ID and / or other columns to filter a table as in a SPList.

You can then use the Get Items action / Select DataOperations / Generate HTML action in MSFlow to create a HTML table that can be placed in an email or possibly an attachment to an email. etc.



It might be good to do that in powerapps by connecting a flow to a button, but I needed to make a record anyway to carry the request / approval. Doing so allowed me to have 1 record, that

  1. represented a collection of items in a SPList.
  2. The record allowed me to Flow to look back on changes
  3. and or make updates autonomously.

You may wish to take this approach nstead of placing a heavy workload on an OnSelect action.

Hello Colleen,

You can use this as reference

If you have trouble implementing it, maybe I can help

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Hi @Anonymous,


Do you want to pass a collection from your app to your flow?


Currently, a flow could only accept strings as input from PowerApps, if you want to pass a collection from an app to a flow, I afraid that there is no direct way to achieve your needs in PowerApps currently.


As an alternative solution, I agree with @Mike8's thought almost. Please check and see if the following blog would help in your scenario:



Best regards,


Community Support Team _ Kris Dai
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Thanks everyone - this is all really useful and will bear this in mind.


I'm trying to do a work around at the moment using how powerapps automatically changes excel spreadsheets when connected, as what is happening there seems rather complex - however it's likely i'll need to turn back to this if my way fails so thanks 😄

As an alternative you could collect the data and display into an HTML table to either copy and paste the data into excel or email the html table. 

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