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Planner Update Task Details



When using the Update Task Details in Flow there is an additional field called "Reference Alias".

I couldn't find any info about it - what I can do it? What is it for?

Can I use it to reference SharePoint items? Can it be used for something else?



Community Support Team
Community Support Team

Re: Planner Update Task Details

Hi @Anonymous,


The References Alias column is used to describe the reference, as is is shown in the link below:


The field is a Non-required field,and just used to record  the data, if you don't want to record the References Alias, you could leave the field blank.


Best regards,


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Re: Planner Update Task Details

Thanks for the quick reply.
Can you please elaborate what exactly is a “reference”? It is not stated and not clear exactly what does it mean.

Is it external reference to the task or reference from the task?
And reference for what exactly? It is quite vague in the documentation
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Re: Planner Update Task Details



Could you elaborate further?  I'm having a similar problem figuring out how to use the "Update Task Details" action.  Perhaps, could you provide an example of how to appropriately use these functions? 

What I'm trying to do is create a flow that moves tasks between buckets based on their Due Date. I have buckets label "Today", "Tomorrow", "This Week", and "Later".    My Flow is:

- Recurrence trigger

- List my plans

- List my buckets

- List my tasks


- Apply to Every [Task]

-- Condition @lessOrEquals(items('LoopThroughTasks')?['dueDateTime'], adddays(utcnow(), int(1)))

-- if Yes, I want to change the bucket to "Today"

-- if No,... go further down the rabbit hole with additional conditions...


Update Task Details (V1) does not appear to support changing the bucket.  Update Task Details (V2) is completely incomprehensible.


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Re: Planner Update Task Details

By "Update Task Details V1"... I mean "Update a task".  V2... is the "Update task details".

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Re: Planner Update Task Details

Does anyone know how to use this action? (Update Task Details for Microsoft Planner)

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Re: Planner Update Task Details

Explaining a reference with the word reference does indeed not help us. Can you please provide some concrete example of how/why/when/where one would use it.
I think many of us would like to get to the Taks checklist via that venue, but that seems not possible, or is it?

Super User
Super User

Re: Planner Update Task Details


I was also confused with the description. After some testing, I realized "Reference Alias" seems to be the "Text to display" when you add a file link to a Planner task manually



Regarding Task checklist, I havent found the way to read it/update it via flow Planner connector. Some if the missing functionalities in this connector are available via Planner REST API, you can read and vote the following idea if interested on such approach

Hope this helps

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