cancel
Showing results for 
Search instead for 
Did you mean: 
Reply
MateiC
Advocate I
Advocate I

Excel action Get Tables error, string is invalid for File field

I've encountered a behaviour I don't understand with the Excel action Get Tables. I'm aware that this is a preview action, thus it's expected to raise issues.

 

I manually fill the Location, select the Doc Library from the UI dropdown, the brows for the file location through the UI dropdowns. This correctly grabs the file.

 

I need a flow that uses logic to determine which Excel file it needs from a Library, and then get that file from the Library. I created a SharePoint list that contains 3 columns, for the Location address, Doc Library name and File name.

 

If I then fill in the Get Tables fields with dynamic contect from this list, I get an error:

  

{
"status": 400,
"message": "The parameter 'file' has an invalid value '/Translation.xlsx'."
}
Translation.xlsx being the file name.
 
I then tested the Get tables action with Location and Doc Library manually selected, and the File field filled out through dynamic contect, which again triggered the error.
 
Finally I tried typing out the file name in the field, which again triggered the error.
 
From all this I assume that the File field is the only one that needs some kind of object type passed to it, instead of a string. My question now is if anyone understands the issue and has a workaround for this limitation, if I could Compose a string into the object type the File field expects.
20 REPLIES 20
litus2002
Regular Visitor

I have exactly the same problem.

Would you mind posting a picture and some detail of your Flow and I will attempt to recreate?

Hi!

 

This is what I tried to do in Flow:

The problem is that the "file" input ("archivo") does not accept a variable.

 

I finally found an alternative way of doing this. Just a little trickly, but working at the end..

I am interested in the alternative solution you found, if you could post it.

moutinhoabreu
Advocate IV
Advocate IV

I've exactly the same problem with the field "file" in all excel Actions when using dynamic data.

 

Every time you try to fill the file location thtough a dynamic field it returns an error: 

The bold is the archive name,.

{

"status": 400,
"message": "The parameter 'file' has an invalid value '/Documentos Partilhados/IT/Templates Mbc/Mapas recapitulativos 12.xlsx'."
}
 
My scenario is:
 
  1. Blank excel in a sharepoint location
  2. get the content from blank excel - Sucesss
  3. create a copy from that content. (dynamic data from previous action) - Sucesss
  4. Get excel worksheets - Failed with error
  5.  Fill in table with data from an SQL data.  - Failed with error

 Does anyone was able to solve this issue ?

flow 1.pngflow 2.png

I solved it in a weird way:

 

  1. When a file is created in a sharepoint library...
  2. Create a new file in another sharepoint library (using the blob object the step 1 gives to you). This file will work as a temporal file, with a pre-fixed name that it's always the same file name.
  3. Browse rows of a excel file. I created previously that temporally file, so this time this action works well, and will work also when the flow is executed.
  4. Filter matrix... (to select the rows I want based on the value of one column)
  5. For each .... Insert a new item in a sharepoint list

Something like this:

Captura de pantalla 2018-12-27 a las 17.09.57.png

 

And it works Smiley LOL 

Could you show the excel action "Enumerar las filas de una tabla" aka Get rows of a table.

Not sure if i understood .

 

Trigger: Everytime an file is created in a specific location

Action: Create a file with dynamic content file from trigger.

Action: Get rows of a table in excel. " but the excel file was created manually" 

(...)

But at the end you're not using dynamic fields on the excel action ?

The key is that, in step #2, you overwrite always the same file.

 

In step #3 you always do a query over the same excel file name, but different contents, as the step #2 overwrites that file with the one in step #1

 

I'm sorry if I can't explain better this solution

It seems a good workaround while this feature isn't in place.

 

 

Gracias !!!

Any news on this?

{ "status": 400, "message": "The parameter 'file' has an invalid value '/xxx.xxx/yyy.zzz.xlsx'." }

Even with a 100% correct file path. I tried a lot of things to solve, but nothing works. Still no real solution for this available?

 

I have really problems in my solutions without getting done to use a dynamic file path. I hope for a solution. 😞

DataViz
Frequent Visitor

I am having the exact same error. Any updates on this?

jimbul
Advocate I
Advocate I

@MateiC  @DataViz @teqs  @moutinhoabreu  @litus2002  i've also found any kind of dynamic input to the filename/path breaks the excel connector in Flow.

BUT if you use the file ID as your file name - instead of a dynamically generated file name - the flow runs succesfully. After banging my head against  a wall for a few hours i tried the following using an expression in the 'File' field that pulls the ID from my OneDrive for Business Create file action further up in the Flow:

Screenshot 2019-09-19 at 5.33.18 PM.png

 

And hey presto:
Screenshot 2019-09-19 at 5.36.29 PM.png
woohoo 🙂

Thank you for sharing jimbul. Your solution works when the files you need are created in the same Flow, and can refer to those objects in the Excel action. This is good to know.

 

If the files you need are already created outside of the Flow (e.g. located on SharePoint), then you would still need to refer to them within Flow dynamically through any action, to get the file's ID first.

Absolutely - does get files/use ID not work with excel and files in sharepoint? @MateiC 

My initial unresolved problem is in using the same action to call different files depending on other previous conditions. Even if I used an ID instead of composing a file name, I cannot use a specific file ID unless I add it to a variable, with the variable being used in the Excel action, but I remember this didn't work. It's been a year since I've needed this workaround, but now I'm curious to look at it again and see if I can get it working.

I also still have the same problem. Is no MVP arround who can help us or Microsoft to make a fix?

How long it takes that MS fix something?

 

The path in Excel-Action should be able to be generated also by text or with concating text with text-variables. But I still get no solution for this.

 

I have a variable file-name and variable folder-names, which should be dynamically entered in the Excel-action path to the specific related excel file at execution of the flow. 

This must be possible!

rifbukalan
New Member

I encountered the same issue as well. However, I was able to resolve this by using the 'File Identifier' instead of "File Path', 'File ID' or 'File Name'.

 

@MateiC @teqs @jimbul @DataViz @moutinhoabreu 

That worked for me too. Thank you very much for sharing.

By using "Get file properties" action, you can get the "Identifier" and use it for filename.

Thanks !

Helpful resources

Announcements

Win free tickets to the Power Platform Conference | Summer of Solutions

We are excited to announce the Summer of Solutions Challenge!    This challenge is kicking off on Monday, June 17th and will run for (4) weeks.  The challenge is open to all Power Platform (Power Apps, Power Automate, Copilot Studio & Power Pages) community members. We invite you to participate in a quest to provide solutions to as many questions as you can. Answers can be provided in all the communities.    Entry Period: This Challenge will consist of four weekly Entry Periods as follows (each an “Entry Period”)   - 12:00 a.m. PT on June 17, 2024 – 11:59 p.m. PT on June 23, 2024 - 12:00 a.m. PT on June 24, 2024 – 11:59 p.m. PT on June 30, 2024 - 12:00 a.m. PT on July 1, 2024 – 11:59 p.m. PT on July 7, 2024 - 12:00 a.m. PT on July 8, 2024 – 11:59 p.m. PT on July 14, 2024   Entries will be eligible for the Entry Period in which they are received and will not carryover to subsequent weekly entry periods.  You must enter into each weekly Entry Period separately.   How to Enter: We invite you to participate in a quest to provide "Accepted Solutions" to as many questions as you can. Answers can be provided in all the communities. Users must provide a solution which can be an “Accepted Solution” in the Forums in all of the communities and there are no limits to the number of “Accepted Solutions” that a member can provide for entries in this challenge, but each entry must be substantially unique and different.    Winner Selection and Prizes: At the end of each week, we will list the top ten (10) Community users which will consist of: 5 Community Members & 5 Super Users and they will advance to the final drawing. We will post each week in the News & Announcements the top 10 Solution providers.  At the end of the challenge, we will add all of the top 10 weekly names and enter them into a random drawing.  Then we will randomly select ten (10) winners (5 Community Members & 5 Super Users) from among all eligible entrants received across all weekly Entry Periods to receive the prize listed below. If a winner declines, we will draw again at random for the next winner.  A user will only be able to win once overall. If they are drawn multiple times, another user will be drawn at random.  Individuals will be contacted before the announcement with the opportunity to claim or deny the prize.  Once all of the winners have been notified, we will post in the News & Announcements of each community with the list of winners.   Each winner will receive one (1) Pass to the Power Platform Conference in Las Vegas, Sep. 18-20, 2024 ($1800 value). NOTE: Prize is for conference attendance only and any other costs such as airfare, lodging, transportation, and food are the sole responsibility of the winner. Tickets are not transferable to any other party or to next year’s event.   ** PLEASE SEE THE ATTACHED RULES for this CHALLENGE**

Celebrating the June Super User of the Month: Markus Franz

Markus Franz is a phenomenal contributor to the Power Apps Community. Super Users like Markus inspire others through their example, encouragement, and active participation.    The Why: "I do this to help others achieve what they are trying to do. As a total beginner back then without IT background I know how overwhelming things can be, so I decided to jump in and help others. I also do this to keep progressing and learning myself." Thank you, Markus Franz, for your outstanding work! Keep inspiring others and making a difference in the community! 🎉  Keep up the fantastic work! 👏👏 Markus Franz | LinkedIn  Power Apps: mmbr1606  

Copilot Cookbook Challenge | Week 1 Results | Win Tickets to the Power Platform Conference

We are excited to announce the "The Copilot Cookbook Community Challenge is a great way to showcase your creativity and connect with others. Plus, you could win tickets to the Power Platform Community Conference in Las Vegas in September 2024 as an amazing bonus.   Two ways to enter: 1. Copilot Studio Cookbook Gallery:  https://aka.ms/CS_Copilot_Cookbook_Challenge 2. Power Apps Copilot Cookbook Gallery: https://aka.ms/PA_Copilot_Cookbook_Challenge   There will be 5 chances to qualify for the final drawing: Early Bird Entries: March 1 - June 2Week 1: June 3 - June 9Week 2: June 10 - June 16Week 3: June 17 - June 23Week 4: June 24 - June 30     At the end of each week, we will draw 5 random names from every user who has posted a qualifying Copilot Studio template, sample or demo in the Copilot Studio Cookbook or a qualifying Power Apps Copilot sample or demo in the Power Apps Copilot Cookbook. Users who are not drawn in a given week will be added to the pool for the next week. Users can qualify more than once, but no more than once per week. Four winners will be drawn at random from the total qualifying entrants. If a winner declines, we will draw again at random for the next winner.  A user will only be able to win once. If they are drawn multiple times, another user will be drawn at random. Prizes:  One Pass to the Power Platform Conference in Las Vegas, Sep. 18-20, 2024 ($1800 value, does not include travel, lodging, or any other expenses) Winners are also eligible to do a 10-minute presentation of their demo or solution in a community solutions showcase at the event. To qualify for the drawing, templates, samples or demos must be related to Copilot Studio or a Copilot feature of Power Apps, Power Automate, or Power Pages, and must demonstrate or solve a complete unique and useful business or technical problem. Power Automate and Power Pagers posts should be added to the Power Apps Cookbook. Final determination of qualifying entries is at the sole discretion of Microsoft. Weekly updates and the Final random winners will be posted in the News & Announcements section in the communities on July 29th, 2024. Did you submit entries early?  Early Bird Entries March 1 - June 2:  If you posted something in the "early bird" time frame complete this form: https://aka.ms/Copilot_Challenge_EarlyBirds if you would like to be entered in the challenge.   Week 1 Results:  Congratulations to the Week 1 qualifiers, you are being entered in the random drawing that will take place at the end of the challenge. Copilot Cookbook Gallery:Power Apps Cookbook Gallery:1.  @Mathieu_Paris 1.   @SpongYe 2.  @Dhanush 2.   @Deenuji 3.  n/a3.   @Nived_Nambiar  4.  n/a4.   @ManishSolanki 5.  n/a5.    n/a

Your Moment to Shine: 2024 PPCC’s Got Power Awards Show

For the third year, we invite you, our talented community members, to participate in the grand 2024 Power Platform Community Conference's Got Power Awards. This event is your opportunity to showcase solutions that make a significant business impact, highlight extensive use of Power Platform products, demonstrate good governance, or tell an inspirational story. Share your success stories, inspire your peers, and show off some hidden talents.  This is your time to shine and bring your creations into the spotlight!  Make your mark, inspire others and leave a lasting impression. Sign up today for a chance to showcase your solution and win the coveted 2024 PPCC’s Got Power Award. This year we have three categories for you to participate in: Technical Solution Demo, Storytelling, and Hidden Talent.      The Technical solution demo category showcases your applications, automated workflows, copilot agentic experiences, web pages, AI capabilities, dashboards, and/or more. We want to see your most impactful Power Platform solutions!  The Storytelling category is where you can share your inspiring story, and the Hidden Talent category is where your talents (such as singing, dancing, jump roping, etc.) can shine! Submission Details:  Fill out the submission form https://aka.ms/PPCCGotPowerSignup by July 12th with details and a 2–5-minute video showcasing your Solution impact. (Please let us know you're coming to PPCC, too!)After review by a panel of Microsoft judges, the top storytellers will be invited to present a virtual demo presentation to the judges during early August. You’ll be notified soon after if you have been selected as a finalist to share your story live at PPCC’s Got Power!  The live show will feature the solution demos and storytelling talents of the top contestants, winner announcements, and the opportunity to network with your community.  It's not just a showcase for technical talent and storytelling showmanship, show it's a golden opportunity to make connections and celebrate our Community together! Let's make this a memorable event! See you there!   Mark your calendars! Date and Time: Thursday, Sept 19th Location: PPCC24 at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas, NV 

Tuesday Tip | Accepting Solutions

It's time for another TUESDAY TIPS, your weekly connection with the most insightful tips and tricks that empower both newcomers and veterans in the Power Platform Community! Every Tuesday, we bring you a curated selection of the finest advice, distilled from the resources and tools in the Community. Whether you’re a seasoned member or just getting started, Tuesday Tips are the perfect compass guiding you across the dynamic landscape of the Power Platform Community.   To enhance our collaborative environment, it's important to acknowledge when your question has been answered satisfactorily. Here's a quick guide on how to accept a solution to your questions: Find the Helpful Reply: Navigate to the reply that has effectively answered your question.Accept as Solution: Look for the "Accept as Solution" button or link, usually located at the bottom of the reply.Confirm Your Selection: Clicking this button may prompt you for confirmation. Go ahead and confirm that this is indeed the solution.Acknowledgment: Once accepted, the reply will be highlighted, and the original post will be marked as "Solved". This helps other community members find the same solution quickly. By marking a reply as an accepted solution, you not only thank the person who helped you but also make it easier for others with similar questions to find answers. Let's continue to support each other by recognizing helpful contributions. 

Reminder: To register for the Community Ambassador Call on June 13th

Calling all Super Users & User Group Leaders   Reminder: To register for the Community Ambassador Call on June 13th—for an exclusive event for User Group Leaders and Super Users! This month is packed with exciting updates and activities within our community.   What's Happening: Community Updates: We'll share the latest developments and what's new in our vibrant community.Special Guest Speaker: Get ready for an insightful talk and live demo of Microsoft Copilot Studio templates by our special guest.Regular Updates: Stay informed with our routine updates for User Groups and Super Users.Community Insights: We'll provide general information about ongoing and upcoming community initiatives. Don't Miss Out: Register Now: Choose the session that fits your schedule best.Check your private messages or Super User Forum for registration links. We're excited to connect with you and continue building a stronger community together.   See you at the call!  

Users online (3,454)