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How to group Initialize Variable actions

Addressing the Challenges of Initialized Variables in Power Automate

Microsoft's Power Automate designers often face the challenge of managing numerous initialized variables in their flows. This common issue in workflow automation can lead to a cumbersome and lengthy list of variables at the top of the flow.

The Core Issue

The main problem with handling many initialized variables is the lack of organization and navigational ease. These essential variables, while vital for the flow's operation, result in an unwieldy and extensive list.

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Addin Initialize Variable to Scope is not supported

Unfortunately, Power Automate currently doesn't support grouping these variables within a Scope, which would have offered a more streamlined and organized setup.

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My workaround: Utilizing Parallel Branches

I have discovered an innovative workaround to tackle such limitations. One such method involves the use of parallel branches. This approach allows for a more organized placement of initialized variables. By incorporating these variables into parallel branches, the need to scroll through a long list is significantly reduced, making the flow more manageable and visually clearer.

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Practical Tips and Considerations

When employing this workaround, it's advised to avoid creating excessively wide flows due to practical and operational constraints. While this method provides a temporary solution, the ideal fix would be for Microsoft to update Power Automate to support initialized variables within a scope. Until then, this approach can significantly aid in designing and managing complex flows more efficiently.

 

YouTube Video

I have created a YouTube video that further explains the steps I used -> Power Automate - Group Initialize Variable actions (youtube.com)

Comments

Thanks for sharing this. I think its an intelligent solution. I was just wondering, how have you joined 2 parallel branches together?

@nidhijain unfortunately at this stage you have to switch back to classic designer and add the action that way.

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Hey guys,

 

there is a way to reconnect them in the new UI. you have to configure the Run after in settings. This will reconnect them. Hope this helps! I learned from this post so thank you!

 

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