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Power Automate to Smartsheet issue

Hi Community,


When I move numbers from my flow into Smartsheet, instead of 0.5, for example, it shows as '0.5


This is a concern because I want to use a formula in Smartsheets, but in its current state I am stuck with having to manually go in and delete the ' from each cell. Any solutions out there? Thank you!

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Can you show your flow? If the ' doesnt exist in your data and is coming up in flow its quite possible that you might have a extra character some where.


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Yeah here it is @Rahber 


Screen Shot 2020-07-15 at 1.04.35 PM.png



Initialize variable 

Name: Date Diff Ticks

Type: Integer

Value: sub(ticks(triggerBody()?['end']),ticks(triggerBody()?['start']))



Initialize variable 

Name: Difference Seconds

Type: Integer

Value: div(variables('DateDiff Ticks'),10000000)



Initialize variable 

Name: Difference Hours

Type: Integer

Value: div(variables('Difference Seconds'),3600.00)


Screen Shot 2020-07-15 at 1.08.58 PM.png



Could you please provide the screenshot of your flow in edit mode. I'd like to see how do you move numbers from flow to Smartsheet.

@linxiao Here is it in edit mode, let me know if you need anything else. Thanks for your time!

Screen Shot 2020-07-23 at 7.12.48 AM.pngScreen Shot 2020-07-23 at 7.12.53 AM.png

I saw that you are calculating the different hours which is a string type variable. The issue may caused by the formula in the Initialize variable 3 action. Please:

  1. Show me that whole formula
  2. Take a screenshot of one of your failed running history, especially for the Initialize variable 3 step (expand that action then i can see the input and output of it).


1. Initialize variable 3 formula - 

div(variables('Difference Seconds'),3600.00)
2. I do not have a failed running history, but if I change it from a string to an integer I get this:Screen Shot 2020-07-23 at 7.55.28 AM.png
Typically it runs successfully and I get something like this, which correctly calculates everything, it just puts the ' 
Screen Shot 2020-07-23 at 7.56.36 AM.png

That's really weird.

However, why not have some tests?


  • Test 1
  1. change the type of different hours  variable to float
  2. replace your formula with 0.3333
  3. run the flow
  4. check result


  • Test 2
  1. keep the type as string
  2. replace your formula with 0.3333
  3. run the flow
  4. check result

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