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CRUSH
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When an item is created in SharePoint delay flow until top of the hour

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I have a current flow that when a new item is created in Sharepoint List the add a row into a table in Excel. This work great. But when People are in the Excel Document editing the document, They get a "Can't Merge Data" File Lockout. I know this is because of the limitations of the Excel Data Connector. What I am trying to do is find a way to delay the flow after an item is created to wait until the top of the hour, every hour. Or maybe once a day "data drop"?

 

I can't make a reoccurrence trigger because the Sharepoint list and Excel Documents have thousands of rows it would have to filter through to see what is new vs old causing the excel limitations to pop up. But if I could pause the flow from Example 11:01-11:59 then at 12:00 it would send the held rows into the excel document. That way The users can get out of the Excel file let the Flow do it's job, then go back in and continue work. 

I am willing to buy a flow license if need be.

 

I can't thank you all enough for helping me this far!!

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yashag2255
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Dual Super User II

Hi @CRUSH 

 

You can use the delay action  in flow to complete the automation that you are trying to build. There are two types of delay actions. 1., You can put a fixed unit. 2. You can provide a time stamp. 

 

Please refer to the screenshot belowdelay.png

 

Hope this Helps!

 

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CRUSH
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Hello!

 

Thanks for the reply! I am aware of these Delays but I do think they will work or I don't know how to create the expression to say check the time and wait until it's on the hour. The first delay will hold the flow back an hour still having my issue, but delayed an hour. And the Delay until, I believe only works if you put in an actual time stamp (date and time). I might be/ probably am wrong. Very new to Flow and I'm migrating from G Suite to O365. My brain is a bit stretched these days. 

 

Thanks!

yashag2255
Dual Super User II
Dual Super User II

Hi @CRUSH 

 

In the first one when you put the value as 1 and unit as hours it will by default wait for an hour. You can alsu use the time stamp in the second action and the expression for one hour is:

addHours(utcNow(),1)

This will get the current time stamp and add an hour to it. you can us functions such as add hours, add minutes and add dates. You can also use any time stamps from email events etc. tims.png

Hope this Helps!

 

If this reply has answered your question or solved your issue, please mark this question as answered. Answered questions helps users in the future who may have the same issue or question quickly find a resolution via search. If you liked my response, please consider giving it a thumbs up. THANKS!

Hi @CRUSH ,

 

Thank you for posting on the Flow Community Forum!

Have you had an opportunity to apply yashag2255 's recommendation to adapt your Flow?

 

Best Regards,

Community Support Team _ Barry
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