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greeny129
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Dynamic UI Element (Use variable) Desktop

Ok short but sweet. how the heck do you use a variable in the selector builder?, it seems not to parse it and is unable to find window.  To replicate

 

-Create a desktop flow

-Open a blank Excel doc

-Capture something from toolbar and click it

-Try running - runs fine

-create a variable with your workbook name (Book1)

-Now alter the UI element to use name and process

-Alter name to be contains with the value as your variable i.e. %MyWorkBookName%

-the connector should look like this:

:desktop > window[Name*="%ExcelWorkBookName%"][Process="EXCEL"]

-Now save it

-Try running - watch in amazement as it cant find the window

 

Any help appreciated!The story is I have many excel docs which have repeatable actions - i want 1 subflow per action that i can just pass workbook name to...

 

That siad i would love to call a different flow (not sub flow) although seems not possible in desktop, and even if it was the above issue still makes it impossible to have a modular approach!

 

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tweeter103
New Member

I have the same question. 

VJR
Super User
Super User

Hi @tweeter103 

 

Using variables in the selector works perfectly fine.

Please make sure you are using the "Custom" toggle button.

 

Also check this link

https://powerusers.microsoft.com/t5/Power-Automate-Desktop/Dynamic-Selector-variable-in-selector-in-...

 

 

I am passing XYZ.xlsx to the MyWBName variable

VJR_0-1639368469457.png

 

tweeter103
New Member

Hi VJR,

Thank you and sorry for slow response.

You are indeed quite correct, and it is straightforward.

My problem was I had the "" and %% inside out.

"%VariableName%" works correctly

Thanks again.

pt

Niraj466
Helper II
Helper II

I'm using variable to Attribute value. However, in text editor / preview Selector, the attribute name 'Ordinal" is not populating : 

Niraj466_0-1665506760070.png

 

The flow is not using the dynamic value from the variable. Do we have any other reason here?

 

 

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