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Workflow Automation with Microsoft Power Automate - Second Edition

By : Aaron Guilmette
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Workflow Automation with Microsoft Power Automate - Second Edition

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By: Aaron Guilmette

Overview of this book

MS Power Automate is a workflow automation tool built into MS 365 to help businesses automate repetitive tasks or trigger business processes without user intervention. It is a low-code tool that is part of the Microsoft applications framework, the Power Platform. If you are new to Power Automate, this book will give you a comprehensive introduction and a smooth transition from beginner to advanced topics to help you get up to speed with business process automation. Complete with hands-on tutorials and projects, this easy-to-follow guide will show you how to configure automation workflows for business processes between hundreds of applications, using examples within Microsoft and including third-party apps like Dropbox and Twitter. Once you understand how to use connectors, triggers, and actions to automate business processes, you’ll learn how to manage user input, documents, and approvals, as well as interact with databases. This edition also introduces new Power Automate features such as using robotic process automation (RPA) to automate legacy applications, interacting with the Microsoft Graph API, and working with artificial intelligence models to do sentiment analysis. By the end of this digital transformation book, you’ll have mastered the basics of using Power Automate to replace repetitive tasks with automation technology.
Table of Contents (22 chapters)
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Understanding the user input options

User input can take many forms. When creating a manually triggered flow (also known as a button or instant flow), Power Automate allows flow designers to accept six types of user input. To add input capability to a manually triggered flow, click the title bar labeled Manually trigger a flow.

When the trigger object expands, click Add an input to be presented with the input options shown in Figure 14.1:

Figure 14.1: Input data types

The types of input are as follows:

  • Text: The Text input option supports several configurations, including a free-form text field, a single drop-down selectable list, and a multi-select list.
  • Yes/No: The Yes/No input option can be used to allow users to utilize a Yes/No toggle switch.
  • File: The File input option provides the ability for the user to upload a file from their device. If the user is accessing the flow from a mobile device, they can also access the camera to capture...