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Helper V

updating dynamic excel files

Hello There. 


I have a two excel files stored in sharepoint, for e.g April.xlslx and May. xlsx - both files contain the same structure.  

Each Excel file is formatted as a table and has a Primary Key, e.g below

Primary Key | Name | Status 

1                  | John   | 

2                  | James | Complete


I have written a flow which extracts data from both the file where the Status is Empty. This part works fine. 


I need to update both files with a value i have. I have the value stored in Flow; however, i am unable to update both the excel file. I am using the Update a row, but within the Update a row - it appears i have to hardcode a single excel file and cant select a dynamic file. The flow is throwing back an error saying it cant find the file. 


I have the update a row inside of an apply to each, and the File i have specified as a variable - but no luck. see below


Whereas if I manually select the file using icon next to file, i get the below options to update Primary Key, Status and Name




Is this a flow limitation whereby you cannot update dynamic Excel Files?. Or is there an alternative way and i am doing this wrong?


Hope that make sense. 

Solution Sage
Solution Sage

You need to have a workaround to select the file dynamically because when you select a file manually its schema and format is picked up by Power Automate.


A workaround is mentioned here:


and here: 


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