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Create your first Microsoft Flow

An Office 365 tutorial by Peter Kalmström

Office 365Microsoft Flow can be used with many different cloud services, but Peter Kalmström, CEO and Systems Designer
of kalmstrom.com Business Solutions, has chosen to use SharePoint for this first Flow tutorial.

In the demo below Peter shows how to create a decision workflow with Microsoft Flow. Peter uses a business scenario where the example company has three product ranges: Red, Blue and Green. Antonio Moreno is the product manager who decides which range each new product should go into.

Product decision flow

When a new product is added to the Products SharePoint list, Antonio will get an email where he can choose range for the new product. When that is done, the list item will be updated with the chosen range.

Product decision flow

SharePoint list

The company has a SharePoint Products list, where new products are entered as new items. The list has a 'Product Range' column, and the Title column is renamed into 'Product name'. (In the flow it will still be referred to as 'Title' )

Flow creation

  1. Microsoft FlowIn the "Products" list, click on ' Flow' and select 'Create a Flow' .
  2. Select the template “Send approval email when a new item is added”. Here Outlook will perform the action of sending an e-mail to the product manager and SharePoint will perform the action of updating the Project list. Click 'Continue' to proceed.
  3. Define trigger parameters for the flow. As this flow was created from SharePoint, the 'Site url' and 'list name' are filled out automatically.
  4. Set the information of the user who will get a message when a product is added to a list. Peter sets Antonio' s email address under the field 'To' .
  5. Delete the condition, as there will be no condition for the email sending.
  6. Change the 'Approval request' text in the 'Subject' field to 'Product range decision for :' and append the product title 'Title' (to have the product name in the email subject field).
  7. Insert "Red, Blue, Green" under 'User options' , so that any of them can be selected directly in the notification email.
  8. Rename 'Send approval email' to 'Send decision email' to be more descriptive.
  9. Select 'New step' and then 'New action' to select the action which will update the SharePoint item.
  10. Microsoft SharePointSince we are going to write back the product range decision to the SharePoint item, select the SharePoint action 'SharePoint – Update item' .
  11. Select the website URL in the field 'Site Url' and the Products list under the field 'List name'
  12. Select the field 'ID' from the dynamic content pop-up box as 'Id' . This will be the ID from the initial trigger.
  13. Select the field 'Title' from the dynamic content pop-up box 'Title' .
  14. In the 'Product range' field, select 'SelectedOption' from the dynamic content box. This will be Antonio' s response when he has selected the range.
  15. Click on 'Create Flow' .
  16. Click on 'Edit flow' to edit the flow name 'Send approval email when a new item is added' into 'Send decision email to Antonio' .
  17. Click on 'Done' to finalize the flow.
  18. To test the flow, add a product item in the Projects list and make sure an email is sent. Select a range in the email and make sure that the list is updated.


This flow can also be expanded to post to Facebook when the list is updated with range decision: Microsoft Flow that posts to Facebook


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