#Flow – How To iterate through collections of elements (#Excel, #Sharepoint, and more…)

Hello!

A very common scenario when we work with Microsoft Flow is to work with collections of elements. These may be rows in Excel, Sharepoint lists, or other collections. Usually, in these scenarios, we tried to do is to work individually with each one of the items in the collection.

If we use an Excel as an example, we can see that we have the action “Get Rows”. This action opens an Excel file, reads a table and returns a pointer with the collection of rows in the Table. The next thing we have to do is select an action of type “Apply to Each” which will allow us to iterate through the elements of the collection.

In the next picture, we can see a couple of steps in a Flow definition. Start with open an Excel file, then select the output from the previous step named “Value”. “Value” represents each of the rows in Excel the table opened in the previous step.

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The next thing is to work with every “value”. For example, insert the contents of the Excel table into a Sharepoint list.

Note: Here we miss functionality as the of AutoMapper (link), which in the case of entities in the .net saves us a lot of work.

 

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We can think of a different scenario, where we need to conduct any assessment for each row in Excel, for example, single recording rows that match a value “Monday” for the day at Excel column in Sharepoint.

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Greetings @ Toronto

El Bruno

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39 thoughts on “#Flow – How To iterate through collections of elements (#Excel, #Sharepoint, and more…)

  1. Hello,

    I have a smililar requirement where I have to read all the rows in the excel file (uploaded in SharePoint doc library). There is a date column and a complain id column. If the complain id column is blank, 24 hours after the date (mentioned in the date column) it will trigger a mail to the person’s mail Id mentioned in the another column.

    Looking forward to your resoponse.

    Thanks in Advanve.

    -Sahadev

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