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Create tasks in Planner from Excel using Automate

Hi. I don't speak English, so I apologize if I make a mistake, I'm using a translator. I am new using Power Automate and I am trying to create tasks in Planner from an Excel. The Excel file that I use to create tasks contains the information imported from another Planner. Basically we are changing tenant. I have managed to create tasks in the default "Pending" bucket but I cannot create new buckets from the flow and use the dates because I get this error.
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 I understand that it has to do with the format but I can't solve it.


This is the date format in Excel

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 I would appreciate any help you can provide


Microsoft Krishna92

Re: Create tasks in Planner from Excel using Automate



I think the issue is with the format of the date stored in the excel.

For planner the date has to be in the format " 2018-04-13T00:42:19.284Z "


for this you can use the following formula to format the date in power automate

In place of utcNow(), you can specify the content from where you are getting the date.
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Dual Super User
Dual Super User

Re: Create tasks in Planner from Excel using Automate

Hi @robertopolo 


The date and time format of excel cells works a bit different. You will have to perform certain calculations or changes on the column type for this to work. I have shared the formulas and the workaround for this in this post here: 


Hope this Helps!

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Dual Super User
Dual Super User

Re: Create tasks in Planner from Excel using Automate


Since you do not speak English, I switch into Spanish to make a summary of current answers. Hope PA flow community administrators will understand my motivations to change language

Also, can you share a screenshot with design details of "Create a task" and also confirm the format given to the Excel cell you are getting the date?


Leo que no hablas inglés, así que paso al español

¿Puedes compartir un pantallazo con los detalles de cómo has configurado "Crear una tarea", y confirmarnos el formato de la celda Excel con la fecha que quieres utilizar?


En todo caso, @yashag2255 y @Krishna92 te han dado buenas pistas para resolver el problema.


@Krishna92 explica que el formato de fechas en planner es muy específico: 2018-04-13T00:42:19.284Z " y te propone utilizar la siguiente expresión en tu PA Flow:

utcNow() te devuelve la fecha y hora actual, pero puedes sustituirlo por la fecha que necesites utilizar
@yashag2255 comparte un post donde explica el formato de celdas de tipo DATE en Excel, y qué tipo de cálculos has de hacer en PA Flow para poder interpretarlos bien

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