Showing results for 
Search instead for 
Did you mean: 
Regular Visitor

Update Excel Query prior to running flow, without opening Excel

I have an excel query that will gather a table from an external website.

This query automatically updates every hour when I have that Excel file open.

I have a flow/automation that

  • grabs the table at the end of each day
  • updates a Sharepoint List with the days information
  • creates a pdf report of the table that is sent to a list of users who subscribe to this update

This all works perfectly, BUT it requires me (or someone) to open that Excel file each day in order to update the query. 

The entire process is automatic, other than this one piece. 


My question...

Is it possible to have an Excel Query update without actually opening the Excel file?

I want to SET IT AND FORGET IT, but that's kinda hard to do if I need to remember to open the Excel document each day.

Is this possible? or should I be looking a different solution for collecting the table data in the first place?

Thanks in advance for any help here. 

Resident Rockstar
Resident Rockstar

i think you will have more success if you store the data in a sharepoint list and then have a flow that updates it as required.

Helpful resources

Power Platform Conf 2022 768x460.jpg

Join us for Microsoft Power Platform Conference

The first Microsoft-sponsored Power Platform Conference is coming in September. 100+ speakers, 150+ sessions, and what's new and next for Power Platform.

May UG Leader Call Carousel 768x460.png

June User Group Leader Call

Join us on June 28 for our monthly User Group leader call!

MPA Virtual Workshop Carousel 768x460.png

Register for a Free Workshop

Learn to digitize and optimize business processes and connect all your applications to share data in real time.

Power Automate Designer Feedback_carousel.jpg

Help make Flow Design easier

Are you new to designing flows? What is your biggest struggle with Power Automate Designer? Help us make it more user friendly!

Users online (1,433)