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Democratizing RPA with Power Automate Desktop

By : Peter Krause
Book Image

Democratizing RPA with Power Automate Desktop

By: Peter Krause

Overview of this book

Whether you want to organize simple files or perform more complex consolidations between different Office programs and remote-control applications that don't allow outside access, Power Automate Desktop helps meet these challenges. This book shows you how to leverage this workflow automation platform by explaining the underlying RPA concepts in a step-by-step way. You’ll start with simple flows that can be easily recorded and further processed using the built-in recorder. Later, you’ll learn how to use the more advanced actions to automate folder and file management and enable Office programs to interact with each other. You’ll also get to grips with integrating desktop flows into other cloud environments and further enhance their value using AI. As you progress, you’ll understand how flows can run unattended and how they are managed in the Power Platform, as well as key concepts such as creating, modifying, debugging, and error-handling UI flows. Finally, the book will guide you to use Process Automation Designer (PAD) in conjunction with your frequently used desktop systems to automate routine tasks. By the end of this book, you’ll have become a Power Automate Desktop expert, automating both professional and personal tasks.
Table of Contents (15 chapters)

Editing and Debugging UI Flows

In the previous chapters, we learned how to create and execute a UI flow using the designer window and the recorder. In this chapter, we will look at what additional editing options are available and how we can stop a UI flow and check for data or errors. We will also learn a few tricks and tips that will make it easier to create and test larger flows.

We will cover the following main topics in this chapter:

  • Details of the designer window/workspace
  • The parameters dialog
  • Global menu options
  • Using breakpoints
  • Working with subflows
  • Strategies for effective flow creation

By the end of this chapter, you will have a solid understanding of the flow designer and how to use it effectively to create, edit, and structure flows.