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Update column in newly created item - simple flow



I am trying to create a simple flow in Flow on a Sharepoint list. Such flow is very simple to set-up in Sharepoint designer., but I don't understand how to do it in Flow.


I have a sharepoint list with columns A and B. I want column B to be updated right after creation.


When user creates a new item he will enter a value in column A. After saving the flow should put some value in column B (not important here what kind of value)..

So the trigger is "When a new item is created". In that action I supply the site and list name. Then when I add the action "Update item" I have to supply the site and list (that's fine) but also the id of the item. That field only seems to allow integers. Instead I want to refer dynamically  like "the id of this newly created item".


When I click "Add dynamic content" I get a pop-up which is of no use. I expected a formula tool or something but I get just some text saying "no dynamic content available".


So how do I state dynamically "the id of this newly created item"...?


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Thanks in advance for your help





Community Support
Community Support

Hi @Wim,


Your requirement cannot be achieved so far in Flow. The only way to do this is that you need to make the ID of item that you newly created in column A matches the ID of the item that you want to update in column B.




Community Support Team _ Mona Li
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Hi Mona,


Thank you for your reply.


So if I understand well: I have to make a query on the list to find the ID of the item that triggered the flow? Does this mean "Flow" doesn't know from which item it was triggered?


I'm being told that Flow is the "replacement" of Sharepoint's in-built workflow tool. If that is correct, why this very elemtary function ("the ID of the item that triggered the flow") is not yet provided? 


Thanks again,


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