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Shannon
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How to get option set text instead of value from Dynamics 365

I am connecting to Dynamics 365, and want to have a condition that checks if an Option Set value is equal to "Yes". In CRM though, option sets have values like 3000758, which is what comes through in Flow. How can I get the text of an option set field? Do I have to use the int value of the option set field?

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Hi @Shannon,

 

You won't be able to get the text value of the optionset from flow. Can you please explain why you need to check the text values?

 

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Sorry, due to the volume of times this has run, I cannot find examples of when it was working. After researching this further, I have come to the conclusion that I must have been using the original CDS connector at some point in time instead of the CDS (current environment) connector. I used a Switch action to convert my option set ID into a string in a variable and that works for me.

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abm
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Hi @Shannon,

 

You won't be able to get the text value of the optionset from flow. Can you please explain why you need to check the text values?

 

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Just figured it would make the Flow look a little more intuitive, rather than having to check back at what a number is equivalent to.

abm
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Hi @Shannon,

 

You can add comments in your flow templates. I would prefer to check via number than a hardcoded text. If the text changes then there are depencies like flow and others to change which won't be a good design in my opinion.

 

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We sometimes use the dynamics content in a triggered email. So for we want the text value to display in the email instead of 1000000001.

@hazems another good point on why this would be useful. I can see arguments both ways on why we should/shouldn't be able to do this, but I think it the user should be able to use their discretion on whether or not to pull text vs. value.

 

I've created an Idea post, where you can upvote this if you'd like.

I agree with @Shannon and have voted for this feature.  I need to show the text rather than the numeric value in an email.   The numeric value means nothing to the email recipient.

Hi Azems,

 

Easy solution!

 

Found the easy solution add a label to the suffix to the field attribute schema name.

 

Example: Field attribute "ab_accountype" replace with "_ab_accounttype_label"

 

Which works for me.

 

Thank you

j_machale
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We also want to read a record and send an email, one of the values is an option set but it looks like currently we can't read the text value - the numbers are meaningless so looks like we would have to hardcode them in in the flow and use a switch statement as this is the only workaround I have seen.

Adding an "_value" (see post above from Shaboo992) worked for me...until yesterday. Now it no longer works. All I get is the value now. We need the text label for an integration we have with Sharepoint.

abm
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Hi @NelsonJohnson 

 

Could you please post your run time history values where it retrieves the option set value?



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Sorry, due to the volume of times this has run, I cannot find examples of when it was working. After researching this further, I have come to the conclusion that I must have been using the original CDS connector at some point in time instead of the CDS (current environment) connector. I used a Switch action to convert my option set ID into a string in a variable and that works for me.

IronArm
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Yes you can.  I'm not sure about in 2017, but this can be done now.

Insert the Dynamic Content (which will give you the value)

Copy that Dynamic Content to a text editor.

You'll have something like:
@{outputs('Get_a_row_by_ID')?['body/field_name']}
Change that to:

outputs('Get_a_row_by_ID')?['body/field_name@OData.Community.Display.V1.FormattedValue']

Be sure to remove the "@" at the beginning and the braces.
Now delete the Dynamic Content and insert the line above as an expression. 

 

To get the text instead of the value:
Insert the Dynamic Content (which will give you the value)

Copy that Dynamic Content to a text editor.

You'll have something like:
@{outputs('Get_a_row_by_ID')?['body/field_name']}
Change that to:

outputs('Get_a_row_by_ID')?['body/field_name@OData.Community.Display.V1.FormattedValue']

Be sure to remove the "@" at the beginning and the braces.
Now delete the Dynamic Content and insert the line above as an expression. 

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