Microsoft Flow Community Blog

Welcome to the Microsoft Flow Community Blog

On this blog you will find articles, guides and information created by our community members and, from time to time, roundups and community news.

Hey Everyone!

 

     Welcome to the first Microsoft Flow Community Corner Blog! I am Gabriel, the newest Community Manager! I am so excited to be a new member of this excellent online community and I am very proud to announce that you can expect an awesome info-packed Community Corner Blog post just like this one, every Friday, from yours truly! In the new Community Corner Blog, you can expect to see anything from updates on newly released Microsoft Flow Connectors to product check-ins with the Flow Product Team, to break-downs of how this great Community Works!

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In this article, I will describe how to extract values from email messages and store them somewhere with the help of Microsoft Flow or Azure Logic Apps. I will use Regular Expression Match action from our Plumsail Documents.

 

Let’s suppose you are getting a new email after someone made a purchase and you need to extract information from this email and create a new item in your orders SharePoint list.

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This blog focuses on how using Flow you can automate the process of monitoring incoming emails and create tasks in existing Plans in Planner. The Flow is smart enough to focuses on new emails only and ignore replies.

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Hi Fellow Flow Fans!
 
A couple weeks ago I stumbled upon an article here on the Flow blog about using Flic buttons with Flow.  My head started spinning with ideas on how I could use this smart button.  I thought about a recent struggle I had. One of my meetings ran over and I was driving frantically to the other meeting across town when I hit some unexpected traffic.  An intense wave of panic came over me when I realized 
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Hello Microsoft Flow Community!

 

My name is Gabriel Hollandsworth!

 

      I am very proud to say that I have recently become the newest member of the Microsoft Flow Product Team as your new online Community Manager! I'd like to use this announcement as an opportunity to tell all of you wonderful Flow Community Members a little bit about myself and my work, and then I'll inform you all about some small changes that you can expect to see in the near future!

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Hear from bestselling author and like-minded analytics aficionado Malcolm Gladwell in a special closing keynote. Plus! Explore the session catalog.

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This article demonstrates how to merge PDF files with the help of Microsoft Flow and Plumsail Documents connector. In this example, we will read three DOCX files from a specific folder, convert these files to PDF, merge them and send the result PDF file by email. For instance, it may be useful in a situation when a few employees prepare different sections of a contract at the same time.

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We’re excited to announce registration is open for the first-ever Microsoft Business Applications Summit, coming to Seattle July 22–24! Combining the best of the Microsoft Data Insights Summit, Convergence, and the Dynamics 365 Technical Conference, this new event is designed to help you create the best, lasting solutions for your business. Don’t wait – secure your spot today!

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As someone who simply cannot win a raffle price I decided to remove 'Luck' out of the equation and instead leverage Flow, Cognitive Service Text Analytics and Power BI to make price winning a little more interesting and fare. One would even say I added a new meaning to the phrase 'Luck favors the prepared'.

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Microsoft Teams governance is a hot topic! Team Owners have access to a team setting that can prevent team members from creating channels. When this is the case team members will need a quick way to request channels so that their work doesn't come to a halt. Microsoft Flow to the rescue!

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One of the newly released features of PowerApps is the ability to add attachments to a SharePoint list item.  This is a great new feature but what if you'd rather have those documents saved in a document library instead of as attachments?  Fortunately there is a way to accomplish this with Flow! 

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Microsoft Bookings is a great tool to allow clients to book appointments with you.  In this article, I'm going to show how you can use Flow to automatically send a link to a Microsoft Forms Survey after a bookings appointment to get customer feedback on their experience.

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One of the newly released features of PowerApps is the ability to add attachments to a SharePoint list item.  This is a great new feature but what if you'd rather have those documents saved in a document library instead of as attachments?  Fortunately there is a way to accomplish this with Flow! 

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This blog focuses on how using Flow you can automate the process of monitoring incoming emails and create tasks in existing Plans in Planner. The Flow is smart enough to focuses on new emails only and ignore replies.

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Time to make the donuts!

by Super User on ‎04-17-2018 10:42 AM

This Flow walkthrough came out of a question in the Flow Community Forum: How can I run a Flow at sunrise each day?

It's an interesting scenario, and my solution uses a daily trigger, the MSN Weather connector, and a Delay Until. 

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In this article, I'm going to show you how to save a public web form with repeating rows to an Excel Table in Office 365 or Google Sheet stored in Dropbox or Box. For creating a public web form with repeating section, we will use Plumsail Forms with its Data Table control:1_WebFormWithDataTable.png

 

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In this article, we will illustrate how Microsoft Flow can filter Sharepoint lists when there are nested objects.

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As you might have noticed there is no action to check if a file exists in the SharePoint connector in Microsoft Flow.

This is a problem when you try to create a file and your flows kick off multiple times when you haven't handled your triggers properly.

 

In this post, I'm giving a workaround to check if a file exists.

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Almost a week ago, Microsoft held the Business Application spring launch event. During this event, Microsoft highlighted all the improvements it has released or will release as part of the spring 2018 release. As a Flownaut Super User, I was invited to share my first impressions of the Flow announcements with the community. You can find the very extensive release notes here. Make sure to go to page 123 for PowerApps and to page 144 for all of the Flow announcements. Read on to see my first impression thoughts on the Flow announcements.

 

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This article will show how to use Microsoft Flow to create, copy, move and remove SharePoint folders cross-site. 

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At the MVP Summit in Redmond, Jeremy Thake got time to talk to John Liu about Microsoft Flow, from a professional developer perspective.

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Flow Resources List

by Community Manager on ‎03-27-2018 10:11 AM

Check out this huge list of Flow Resources to help you get started!

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Happy Pi Day! 3/14

by anhthuch4ng on ‎03-14-2018 02:22 PM

Let's have some fun celebrating this milestone math day!

 

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I have found quite a few people asking about empty fields and how to check in Microsoft Flow that these fields are empty. In this post, I'm going through the options.

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You have more than one way to write to Teams. Flow offers a default action, which is great, but what about Team's capability with Incoming Webhooks? Let's check out the two options!

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Does your business involve handling documents, such as invoices, purchase orders, shipping notes, etc. on a daily basis? Do you find yourself re-keying valuable data which is trapped inside PDF or scanned documents? If your business relies on data which is not available in an easy-to-access format, manual data entry can quickly become a bottleneck and harm your business. Luckily, there is a solution to this problem!

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MVP Global Summit | March 4-7

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The MVP Global Summit is happening this week in Redmond, WA. We are super excited to connect with all the MVP's and welcome them to our communities.

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Today we use more than one application to get our work done, and the real business value is achieved when we integrate these applications to solve a business challenge.

 

In this 3 part series we will explore customer service scenario with a team in Contoso and build solution that helps them become productive and help Contoso increase customer satisfaction. The solution we will build will leverage new capabilities in Microsoft 365 universal toolkit for teamwork. Flow will be use to integrate these applications.

 

In part 2 of this series we will extend our solution built in part 1 to leverage Yammer to bring in organizational insights.

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Today we use more than one application to get our work done, and the real business value is achieved when we integrate these applications to solve a business challenge.

 

In this 3 part series we will explore customer service scenario with a team in Contoso and build solution that helps them become productive and help Contoso increase customer satisfaction. The solution we will build will leverage new capabilities in Microsoft 365 universal toolkit for teamwork. Flow will be use to integrate these applications.

 

My Introduction

I am architect with Microsoft focussed on business productivity. I have been with Microsoft for 10 years now helping our enterprise customer and partners build solutions using our productivity stack. I hold several certifications including Microsoft Certified Masters in SharePoint.

 

You can reach me on twitter @arbindoc and blog at https://aka.ms/acblog

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In this article we will illustrate how Microsoft Flow can escalate approvals if stakeholders don't react on time.

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