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Flow to update document file name



I'm fairly new to Flow and am trying to update a document name.


i created a document library where i have a custom template. (excel file), when i open my template the name is Book1.xlsx by default. i don't want my users to change the name manually.I'd like the file name to be "XYZ-DateTime" but cannot figure out how to do it with the options available in flow.


I tried several things but nothing works. the latest one is




Does anyone have an idea how to do this ?


Thanks a lot for your help !


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Hi Kaddrik,


How is your file created? Do your users upload the files to library directly?


I am afraid that the flow you created might be not able to meet your needs. I have a flow on my side, please try if it will work for you.


The flow is triggered by “When an email is arrived, create file in SharePoint”, then add a Compose action to get the DateTime.



Please try it on your side to see if it will work for you.



Best regards,
Mabel Mao

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Hello Mabel,


thanks for your answer.


the document is a template set as a content type. the users do not need to upload a document. they just click on "new" and they choose the template.


oh !? the compose action...i didn't think about this !! 🙂 I will test and let you know.




Hello !


hmm..this doesn't seem to be working.


One of my colleagues,may have find a solution to it yesterday. i will try to see with him...


Thanks anyway !


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Hi Kaddrik

Did you find a solution for this?

I have the exact same need like you...

regards Jesper

Hi Jesper,


no sorry, i didn't find a solution for this 😞




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Hello, do you try with the trigger « when a document properties is modify » and update the content properties ?
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I'm able to rename a sp doc library file by using REST:


select "Send an HTTP request to SharePoint" action,


then follow the below article to fill up the header and body of the HTTP REST POST request: (I used option 1 with success)




Could you explain how you did it, I am trying to update the file name in a document library with the text in the title field.



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hi, here is a screenshot of my rename process Flow, this is working brilliantly for me so should work for you as well


REST call to rename in FLOW.JPG


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Hi @Anonymous 

Can you explain what is the ShortFolderName variable and how do you obtain it? Thanks

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It's a variable i assigned in previous steps, you can find steps in this link:

Hi there,


So I'm doing this exact thing in my Flow to attempt to update the Filename and extension in a Document Library, however when I run the Flow, it completes successfully but does not affect the filename at all.


I tried to also use the "X-RequestDigest" header with a digest value and that didn't change anything either. 


Has anything to your knowledge changed regarding using FileLeafRef to update the name of a document?


Thanks kindly. 

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