Power Automate Desktop | Lists exercise | Load a table from Excel and remove duplicates from one column

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Software ==> Power Automate Desktop  (18 exercises)
Version ==> Latest version
Topic ==> Lists  (2 exercises)
Level ==> Relatively easy
Subject ==> Power Automate training
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This exercise asks you to create a flow to read in the following data from the workbook in the above folder

List of box sets

The list of box sets you need to read in.


Your flow should then print out the unique category names in alphabetical order:

List of categories

The final alphabetical list of unique categories. Help on how to proceed is given below!


Start by creating a new flow called Get unique providers.  Within this create actions to open the workbook in the folder at the top of this exercise and read in its contents:

First lines of flow

Your flow should now look something like this.


Remember to choose the option saying that your Excel table contains column headings!

Now use a Retrieve data table column into list action to collapse the Category column into a list.

Sort the list of categories into alphabetical order, then print them out to a text file:

Printing categories

You don't need a loop to do this - you can just write out the value of the list variable.

Test that your flow works, then save it and close it down. 

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