Power Automate

Encodian, Adobe and Plumsail PDF connectors compared

Manipulating documents is important in many organizations. Power Automate out of the box does not provide actions to do everything you want. When you are manipulating documents, below features pop-up in many use cases. Merging multiple PDF’s into one PDFMerging multiple documents (mix of PDF’s and Word, Excel, PowerPoint, … files) into one PDFMerging multiple documents, but not the first …

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Import flow into solution with connection references

Flows can be created inside our outside a solution in “My Flows”. If the flow is created outside a solution, it doesn’t use connection references. A single flow can perfectly run outside a solution but there might be some reasons why you might want to import an existing flow into a solution: Your “solution” has grown and you want to …

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Cloud flows triggered from app in managed solution

This article is for Power Platform developers that have knowledge about managed/unmanaged solutions and ALM. Managed solutions are one of the most important components for proper application lifecycle management. Usually you create an unmanaged solution in a DEV environment and you import (manually or using Azure DevOps Build Tools) a managed solution into UAT/TEST and PROD environments. Cloud flows do …

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Power Automate Desktop error: User session on target machine

Power Automate desktop flows are triggered from Power Automate in the cloud and can return multiple types of indications that something is not right. First of all, a little bit of vocabulary: A cloud flow runs only in the Power Automate cloud. No installation of software is required. A desktop flow only runs on a machine of a user (attended …

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Cancel and escalate Power Automate approval request

Power Automate Approvals are well integrated within Microsoft Teams, Outlook and so on. The adaptive cards are great. Assuming you have one of the use cases below, there is an easy way to solve the use case: If a user didn’t answer in 30 minutes, escalate to the backup personIf a user didn’t answer in 1 hour, escalate to the …

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Environment variables in shared mailbox trigger/action

Environment variables are supported for many actions like SharePoint Online, Dataverse and so on. It can happen that sometimes you cannot select the environment variable in your flow, which gives the impression that you cannot use environment variables there. A good example of such a trigger is the “When a new email arrives in a shared mailbox (V2)” trigger. You …

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Trigger recurrent flows only on weekdays

Running a recurrent flow on a daily schedule is possible using the “Day” frequency in Power Automate. With the “Day” frequency, you cannot choose on which day of the week you want to run the flow. If you want the flow not to run in the weekend, so only on weekdays, this is not an option. Rather than using the …

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Data source environment variables within the Power Platform

A new feature has landed within the Power Platform: data source environment variables. They can be used in Power Apps as well in Power Automate. In this blogpost we will focus in Power Automate. Microsoft mentions in their blogpost that it doesn’t use a premium feature/license which is great news. When you’re developing some more advanced Power Platform solutions, you …

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Deploying a single flow to multiple SharePoint libraries/lists

Sometimes you want to re-use an instant flow on multiple SharePoint Online lists or document libraries. This blogpost explains how to do this without recreating a new flow for every list or document library. Important to know is that we use premium actions for this workaround that require premium licensing. In this blogpost, we use a “instant” flow. The behaviour …

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Convert populated Word document to PDF

Generating a Word document in Power Automate can be achieved with the premium Word connector “Populate a Microsoft Word template”. Converting it to PDF can be achieved with the Word connector. The way how it works is not logic, this is the reason why I wrote this blog post. The Word connector has two actions: On the internet, I see …

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