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List all rows from a MACRO-ENABLED excel file

Hello everyone,
I am trying to use power automate for a standard workflow, where I manipulate some manually-inputted data in an excel workbook into a final table, and then use this table to schedule potentially hundreds of meetings in outlook each week. Currently this is done manually and it seems like something that power automate should be able to do.

We have a prototype working

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However I can't seem to get the power automate action 'list rows present in a table' to work with a .xlsm (macro-enabled workbook), it's simply not there in the dropdown to select it from my onedrive. Currently having to manually re-save the .xlsm as .xlsx every time (and edit out button controls) before running the power automate flow.

 

When I look for the .xlsm, it only shows me the .xlsx filesWhen I look for the .xlsm, it only shows me the .xlsx files

 

Any ideas? 

@sumurthy@Paulie78  do you have any suggestions?

 

Thanks again and have a great week

 

Alessandro

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hi @Anonymous  did you manage to find a way of connecting to a macro enabled file? I'm having the same problem and can't find a fix. 

ccc333ab
Solution Sage
Solution Sage

Unfortunately power automate doesn't do that "yet". There is an old outstanding request for this located here. 

I found a work around that I've employed today.

You create your xslm file and then create another xslx where you 'get data' from the xlsm. Make sure you update the refresh settings so that it updates in the background and as frequently as you need - but appears to be working okay. 

 

Connect the flow to the new xlsx file, which is essentially a replica of the xlsm file. 

ccc333ab
Solution Sage
Solution Sage

I was eating and pondering this exact idea and was about to try and test it. Great that you got it to work....and now I don't need to test it!!:

Hi, could you please show us your code or some screenshot? Im really interestend on it. How do you do the replica? I use excel in onedrive

Hi guys,

 

Using sharepoint's "Get file metadata" it shows me a different route to the file. Get files shows "Documents"in Document Library field. I used the same file route in Excel online operations and it worked. Now I can get the table files from an *.xlsm file. The trick is to use "/Shared Documents/"

 

Seems to work if you remove the metadata operation... Just use it to get the file location.

 

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This worked beautifully! Thank you!

Anonymous
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hi, get file metadat worked for me, but what is the location for get tables and list rows not working, could you please more? thanks a lot.

Anonymous
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hi, can you please show me how do u did it? thanks a lot

ccc333ab
Solution Sage
Solution Sage

@Anonymous 

Use "Path" from the Get File Metadata in the "File" field in your Get Tables and List Rows present in a table actions.

 

You'll have to hard code your Table name in as well. So something like: 

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Anonymous
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Hi, thanks for your message,   here is what i get, what shall i do? thanks  a lot Capture.PNG

Have you tried this?

 

Add a row into table

*Location :  abb.sharepoint.com/EurekaXAIProposal

*File: General/Contact List/20220818 Explain Partner Contact.xlsm

 

Anonymous
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i tried, it is automatically changed back to "/Shared Documents/General/Contact List/20220818 Explain Partner Contact.xlsm"

Try to put "Get Tables" before "Add a row Into table"  so the function "Add a row into a table" can get the Table info.

ccc333ab
Solution Sage
Solution Sage

@Anonymous 

My example was only to read. In order to write, or add a row to your table, you will have to hard code in JSON into the row field in order to add in the data. So in my example:

  • My table in excel is titled "TestTable"
  • I have two columns only: Name and Age
  • I will now be adding in a name of "Sideshow Bob" and an age of 55. 

NOTE: 

  • You would most likely use dynamic content for the name and age, but this is just for showing you how to do this
  • Be careful with how you structure your json, as it must be in the correct order and with the correct name of fields that matches your macro-enabled excel file 
  • The "Row" field only shows up after you enter in your hard-coded table name. When you do this, make sure you click the "Enter custom value" option that shows up to type your name in here manually.

 

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Anonymous
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same error.😂 thanks a lot trying to help, i really appreciate it🌻

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Anonymous
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Anonymous
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you got me, i am not developer, no knowledge about Json. thanks a lot trying to help, i really appreciate it

Xiaofei_1-1661236736356.png the document is still not recognized....

 

ccc333ab
Solution Sage
Solution Sage

@Anonymous 

Not that it matters as I don't think this is going to work, but....

 

1. JSON

For this, the Json is very simple. It is simply a pattern of "columnname" : "data". 

   So suppose your spreadsheet has a column name of Column1, Column2 and Column3, and you want to add the values of Ex7, Ex8, Ex9 into that spreadsheet. 

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Then the JSON is simply: 

{

   "Column1" : "Ex7",

   "Column2" : "Ex8", 

   "Column3" : "Ex9"

}

 

***Now, you can also use dynamic content (i.e., fields from other power automate actions) for the Ex7, Ex8, Ex9. 

 

2. Dynamic Content for Table

In the "Add a row into a table" action, make sure you use the "Path" from your "Get File Metadata" action. 

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3. Hard Coding Table Name

One you have done this, in your table, you must physically type in the name of your table that exists in this spreadsheet (it won't appear and you can't select the table). You can find table name in Excel under the Table Design menu item. 

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To type this in, click on the "Enter Custom Value" and then type the name of your table in. 

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