Power Automate

How to Fix the ‘Failed to Assume Control of Chrome’ Error in Power Automate Desktop

This week, I ran into a problem when I moved a solution from our DEV environment to QA. A PAD flow I was calling from Power Automate started failing with the error ‘Failed to Assume Control of Chrome’. When I ran only the desktop flow, it worked fine. When calling PAD from Power Automate, it didn’t work. Based on the reviews of the Power Automate extension in the Chrome store, this has recently become a common problem. Read on to find the solution that worked for me.

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What Are Power Automate Solutions?

Learning Power Automate is a journey. First, you learn about dynamic content, triggers, and actions. Then, you build a few cloud flows. You’ll eventually reach a point when the process you are automating requires more than one trigger or the process needs to go thru a formal development cycle, moving thru multiple environments (QA, UAT, PRD). This is when you need to learn about Power Automate solutions. Read on to learn more.

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Make Finding the Name of Day or Month in Power Automate Easy!

Earlier this week, I wrote about working with date and time in Power Automate. I explained how to use 4 functions to return the month and year from the current date. But, the values come back as numbers. What if you want the name of the day of the week or the month, like Monday or January? Returning names in Power Automate takes different expressions and the use of arrays, but it’s easy! Read on to learn how and leave a comment explaining how you’ve used arrays in Power Automate.

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4 Functions to Simplify Date & Time in Power Automate

My most recent Power Automate builds have included a lot of work with date and time data. I thought this would be an excellent addition to the Getting Started with Power Automate series I started a few months ago. This is also a great starting place to learn about expressions. Read on to learn more about four functions that will help simplify working with date and time in Power Automate.

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How to Find SharePoint Site, List, and View IDs for Use in Power Automate

Since I started working with Power Automate, I’ve needed to find various SharePoint IDs. The first time this happened, I wrote a post. Since then, I’ve needed to look up a couple of other IDs, so here’s a more comprehensive explanation. If there are more IDs I need to find, I’ll just update this post. I was surprised to find the advice online for this to be mixed and at times inaccurate, so I thought this was worth writing. Read on to learn more. You might want to bookmark this one.

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Automation with Excel, PowerBI, Power Automate & Alteryx! What Could Go Wrong?

One of our users was manually entering data into a spreadsheet every single day rain or shine, weekday or weekened, vacation or not. She needed an automation solution, and I built one for her. But, we ran into a small but time-consuming problem to solve. The automation added data to an Excel spreadsheet, but the updated data didn’t appear in PowerBI. Half the battle was figuring out whether Excel, PowerBI, Power Automate, or Alteryx was causing the problem. Wanna guess which one it was? Read on to find out.

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What Can Power Automate Do On Mobile?

My Learning Power Automate series is coming to a close, and the last thing we are investigating is the power of Power Automate on mobile. I was searching the Templates section of Power Automate for inspiration, and I found a template with a manual trigger to send a notice to your coworkers that you were out sick. So, you might wake up one morning and feel like death. All you have to do is grab your phone, make a few clicks, and you can go back to sleep. That’s pretty cool right? Well, I made it even better with a few tweaks. Read on to learn more about Power Automate on mobile.

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