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Copy action - time saver

It would be nice if I could copy an action into another. It'll make it easier and faster to complete the flow.

 

For example:

Depending on the day of the week, I need to update the [todayschedule] on SharePoint list.  Using the Switch/Case actions, on Monday case, add an [Update Item] action. Then copy this action for Tuesday - Friday cases and just change the [todayschedule] column without needing to select the list path, list name, ID, and other required contents each time.

 

Thanks.

 

 

Status: Completed

This day has finally arrived when Flow supports copy paste.

Although it seems like a simple feature to build, there is a lot of complexity involved in supporting this feature. Especially when you think about handling references and action names across flows.

 

I appreciate all the feedback on this post, and know that you've played a very important role in shaping the future of Microsoft Flow.

 

More details on Clipboard support here: https://preview.flow.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/introducing-clipboard-in-flow-designer-and-three-new-u...

 

Highly recommend reading through, if you are a fan of easter eggs 🙂

Comments
Advocate I

Seems to be delayed?

Frequent Visitor

@Stephen when will this feature be released?

Anonymous
Not applicable

Would also like to have clarification on this feature if possible! Would be wonderful if this could be added asap!

Helper I

Please make this happen, its the biggest roadblock to getting our more technical staff members on board with this. 

Frequent Visitor

Any update on timing? 

Regular Visitor

"Available for you soon"

 

2 years later....

 

(crickets, tumbleweeds)

 

I've been working with Microsoft for 25 years, and it never stops being Microsoft 😄

Helper V

I guess the concept of copying is in conflict with some principle or business model. In a way it kinda makes sense, as repeated code is generally a bad thing. Flow strengthens the DRY-principle (Don't Repeat Yourself) by making repeating code an annoying and tedious process, but its at risk of presenting itself as an annoying way to automate. As I said, I do agree with the keep code DRY and not WET (Write Everything Twice) principle, but maybe there is another smarter way to solve this than creating copies. Perhaps there is something in the workings already?

In any case, when developers give the "soon" for years, it gives the impression that this feedback system is just some arbitrary exersie for users to vent their frustrations. 

Regular Visitor

It's real!

I have seen it demo'd.

 

Jon Levesque Demo's it Here

 

It looks pretty sweet as a purpose of not having to replicate a specific action or trigger multiple times. I have a switch that branches into more switches based on specific answers to a form, and this would have saved me HOURS of programming in the same response with different variations.

I can't wait!

Frequent Visitor

@GinjaFlowNinja  wow!! Thanks for the link.


@Tamras wrote:

It would be nice if I could copy an action into another. It'll make it easier and faster to complete the flow.

 

For example:

Depending on the day of the week, I need to update the [todayschedule] on SharePoint list.  Using the Switch/Case actions, on Monday case, add an [Update Item] action. Then copy this action for Tuesday - Friday cases and just change the [todayschedule] column without needing to select the list path, list name, ID, and other required contents each time.

 

Thanks.

 

 



@Tamras wrote:

It would be nice if I could copy an action into another. It'll make it easier and faster to complete the flow.

 

For example:

Depending on the day of the week, I need to update the [todayschedule] on SharePoint list.  Using the Switch/Case actions, on Monday case, add an [Update Item] action. Then copy this action for Tuesday - Friday cases and just change the [todayschedule] column without needing to select the list path, list name, ID, and other required contents each time.

 

Thanks.

 

 


 

This is going to a gamechanger imo, especially when using Switch and send emails actions on one of our workflows.