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Helper III

The query cannot be completed because the number of lookup columns it contains exceeds the lookup



I am getting the error mentioned error in the below MS flow


Please let me know how this can be eradicated?




Kudo Kingpin
Kudo Kingpin

They just recently added a new option on the Trigger, under "Show Advanced Options", called Limit Columns By View


You need to first create a view on the sharePoint list that doesnt contain every field. Ideally only the fields you need for the Flow.


Then in your trigger select the View you created.


This should allow you to get beyond that error.   


This just opened the door for so many Flows that I havent been able to do because we have columns galore.

Community Support
Community Support

Hi @sudheermadduru,


How many lookups do you have in your list? 


There is a default limitation on SharePoint of List view lookup Threshold and the default value = 12.


Please check this doc for more details:



Best regards,

Mabel Mao

Community Support Team _ Mabel Mao
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This is the real solution. The other approved answers explain why they are getting the error but not a working solution.


The simple solution is to create a view on the list of just the core fields you need to update then you can update them without issue.


By the way, there is a bug (terrible UI behavior) in if you fill out the form fields in order (Site Address, List Name and ID), you will never see the "Show Advanced Options" link as it pops to the bottom of all the form fields. You then have to scroll way down to the bottom, click on the "Show Advanced Options" link, then scroll back up to the top and you will now see the "Limit Columns by View" option. Not real intuitive. The easiest way is to click on the "Show Advanced Options" link before you fill out the Site Address etc and you will always see the "Limit Columns by View" option.


I think many developers have been struggling with the fact that Microsoft basically hides "Limit Columns by View" as an advanced option when it really is essential and not advanced at all.

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