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Resolver II
Resolver II

Differences in the behavior of the Power Automate Desktop and WinAutomation [Substract lists] action]

In an Excel data table like the following
Get first free column/row from Excel Worksheet] will not count well if there is a blank string.

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So I used [Substract lists] in Winautomation to count the number of lines, excluding the blank strings.
This will give me the correct number of rows.


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If I do the same thing with PAD, [Substract lists] will do Distinct processing at the same time.
I can't get the correct row count anymore.



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I don't want it to work differently from WinAutomation.
Please fix this.


Solution Specialist
Solution Specialist



You are right, it does not work as expected with Get first free column/row from Excel. So, I have used Read from CSV file to solve this problem for my flow instead of waiting for MS to fix it.


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Thanks and hope it can help you. 



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Resolver II
Resolver II

Thanks for the reply.
I tried saving the Excel file as csv.
But the solution seems to be difficult.
I have converted the RPA Challenge Excel file to csv.
The ghost cells remain.

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It is also possible to count with regularized expressions and looping.
But it is slow.



I am now trying a python script action.

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