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Workflow Automation with Microsoft Power Automate

By : Aaron Guilmette
Book Image

Workflow Automation with Microsoft Power Automate

By: Aaron Guilmette

Overview of this book

Microsoft Power Automate is a workflow automation solution included in Microsoft 365. This book explores the core concepts of workflow automation, such as working with connectors, triggers, and actions, along with their practical implementation in automating business tasks and simplifying digital processes to boost enterprise productivity.
Table of Contents (22 chapters)
Section 1 - What is Power Automate?
Section 2 - Basic Flow Concepts
Section 3 - Intermediate Flow Concepts
Section 4 - Administering the Power Automate Environment

Learning about button flows

Button flows (or instant flows), as previously mentioned, are manually triggered flows. They don't monitor anything, nor do they have any sort of REST-based trigger that instantiates them. Button flows can be used for a variety of low-impact tasks, such as executing reminders or notifying individuals.

A button or instant flow can be created two different ways:

  • From a button flow template
  • From a blank template

Button flows can be created from either the Power Automate mobile app or the Power Automate web portal. You can see examples of button flow templates in the following screenshot of the web portal:

While most button flows are designed to perform a one-time task with simplicity, more complex instant or button flows can be used that interact with data from SharePoint lists, documents, or data stored in the Common Data Service.

In the next section, we'll create a button flow from the web portal.