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How to Update Excel with Power Automate

I’m currently helping to deploy Power Automate as a self-service automation tool. As part of that effort, I’ve been hosting weekly half an hour webinars where we build sample flows. So far we’ve worked with triggers and actions from Teams, Office 365 Outlook, Forms, SharePoint, Approvals, Excel Online, and User 365. And when you understand a little bit of the underlying architecture, these applications work together so well in Power Automate. But, there is almost always a little bit of extra context or explanation required. Earlier this week, I posted a write-up of the things you need to know for building flows with Forms. And now, I’m going to dive into what you need to know to update Excel with Power Automate.

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Working with Microsoft Forms in Power Automate

This week I’m showing users how to build a Power Automate flow using Microsoft Forms. The flow triggers when a form submission is received. However, there’s more than one way to create a form, and there’s quite a lot you need to know about forms before building in Power Automate, so I’m dedicating a post just to help users with Microsoft Forms. Read on to learn more.

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SharePoint Site Missing in Power Automate

I’ve been doing a lot of Power Automate training lately, and I always ask one of the new users to drive so that I don’t go thru the demo too quickly. This is a great idea if everything goes smoothly. Spoiler….everything did not go smoothly. The Microsoft Team/SharePoint site that we needed to work with did not exist in the user’s drop-down list in the action. Not only did it not exist for my demo user. It didn’t exist for a lot of people, so this was a big problem. There is an easy fix though! Read on to learn how to fix this issue.

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Combatting File System Frustration in Power Automate

The first time I ever worked with file system actions in Power Automate, I spent 2 hours trying to get the flow to run correctly. It was infuriating. I struggled that long because the errors shown had nothing to do with the actual problem. Also, Microsoft has some conventions that can lead you down the wrong path. Read this post before using File System actions to avoid major roadblocks.

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