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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)

Handling files and folders on your desktop

Working with folders and files can also be automated with PAD, for example, to perform copy or sort operations or to file files in specific folder structures. We have already learned about some of these actions in our opening example in this book. First, let’s take a look at the actions that have to do with folders, which include the following:

  • If folder exists: This starts a conditional block and checks whether a folder exists or not
  • Get files in folder / Get subfolders in folder: This creates a list of files or folders that are contained in a specific folder
  • Create / delete / empty / copy / move / rename folder: These perform the specific action on a given folder
  • Get special folder: This retrieves the path of a special folder in Windows such as Desktop, Internet Cache, and so on

As we see here, no wishes remain unfulfilled. In combination with the following actions for files, these capabilities are further...