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Add rows into an Excel file that is dynamically created

I'm am using flow to copy an Excel template to a new folder in SharePoint. The folder is dynamically created, so the folder and template file do not exist before the flow runs. I then want to add rows into a table inside the newly created template file in the new folder.


It seems I can't dynamically reference this path and file to use the add rows to table action. I get the error message "Cannot evaluate the parameter 'path.$.file' at design-time; it is empty or has a runtime expression." if I try a dynamical reference.


Any clever workarounds to achieve the same thing?

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Hi @JohnMacDougall ,


Thanks for feedback.


The issue could be reproduced by me.


I am afraid that it is a known issue for Excel online connector that dynamic contents are not supported in File and Table field.


Here is one of the similar requests on Flow Ideas Forum, please vote it at here:


Best regards,



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HI @wbeedge@JohnMacDougall, and @v-yamao-msft 


I created a template with a workaround for this issue. You can find the explanation and the template here:


Hope it helps you


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I had similar problem last week and after a lot of workaround I found kind of solution that works for me. I had an excel template that needed to fill as demand, so I needed not to use the template but a copy each time and get tables from it, delete them and refill.


So, I used the copy file by path from Ondrive connector and for every get table or delete a row actions I used ID variable from the copy file action as the file option and it works. Then I had problems with the add row action, doesnt work the same way, but if I removed the selected document place and I wrote the conector name of it also with the ID as the file option, it suddenly worked for me.


Hope it helps

Can you please show us with images? I don't quite understand what you did.

Hi @Jorge83,  I have the same issue than you had when trying to add new rows to an excel file and still can't figure it out. Can you please describe in more detail how you fixed it? Thanks!

I have the same problem. Any luck?

@kitUser No, I gave up on this...

You have to get the file metadata, and then use the ID from the metadata. I get the Full Path from Looping through SharePoint Files and making sure it is the same name.



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