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The 5 best things about Power Automate
Part four of a six-part series of blogs
A separate blog lists the 5 worst things about Power Automate; this more positive blog lists its 5 best features!
Given that most flows run as a consequence of triggers, how can you test them? Microsoft have developed a really elegant solution to this.
For example, here's a basic flow to email me whenever someone adds a file to the OneDrive root folder:
The flow probably works; but how can I test it?
If you try testing it, you get this:
You can't run the flow until it's run once.
So I chose to test the flow manually, and added a file to OneDrive:
The new workbook I've just added.
My flow now runs in Power Automate:
I can click on each action to see its output if I want.
But the clever thing is that from now on I can choose to run the flow by simulating the trigger:
I could choose this option, for example, to run the flow the last time it succeeded, with the same starting conditions (Power Automate will run the flow exactly as if I were adding a file to OneDrive with the same name as before).
It's hard to see how Microsoft could have done this better: an ingenious solution!
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