1 Better way to use Create Item in SharePoint with Power Automate

Have you been using the REST API instead of the create item action in Power Automate. Create Item in the SharePoint connector is now just as good! Using the REST … read the create-item-sharepoint-power-automate post Continue Reading Pieter Veenstra’s Article on their blog 1 Better way to use Create Item in SharePoint with Power Automate Have you been using the REST API instead of the create item action in Power Automate....

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Formulating a Power  Platform Governance Strategy
Jan25

Formulating a Power Platform Governance Strategy

Microsoft’s Power Platform consisting of Power BI, Power Apps, Power Automate and Virtual Agents, is an intuitive set of tools that enable individuals with no experience of coding and programming to build apps and flows. The Power Platform is so easy to use, that anyone can start to generate reports, build apps, automate processes and even build chatbots. As a business, it’s important you understand the capabilities of...

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Filter Query in SharePoint Get Items in Power Automate

Have you tried the experimental version of Filter query in the SharePoint Get Items action in Power automate yet? Filter Query in Get Items In this post I will look … read the filter-query-get-items-power-automate post Continue Reading Pieter Veenstra’s Article on their blog Filter Query in SharePoint Get Items in Power Automate Have you tried the experimental version of Filter query in the SharePoint Get Items action in...

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Manage your devices with Microsoft Endpoint Manager
Jan18

Manage your devices with Microsoft Endpoint Manager

Microsoft Endpoint Manager is a management and security service that is made up of from a number of existing products brought together to provide a new solution. Microsoft Endpoint Manager allows organisations to manage their data and devices securely in the cloud and on-premises. In this article we will introduce Microsoft Endpoint manager and discuss some of the main services it provides. What is Microsoft Endpoint Manager?...

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Microsoft Teams vs Slack
Jan18

Microsoft Teams vs Slack

Facebook vs Snapchat, Android vs Apple, Microsoft vs Amazon – monumental business battles that have changed the way people communicate. Now we’re seeing the rise of another rivalry, this time in the collaboration software market, Microsoft Teams vs Slack.  In 2019, this market reached $9.5 billion globally, and with the onset of the Covid-19...

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3 Ways to add a column to an array in Power Automate

When you have an array in Power Automate and you would like to add a column, you have 3 ways of doing this. Arrays in Power Automate In some of … read the add-a-column-to-an-array-power-automate post Continue Reading Pieter Veenstra’s Article on their blog 3 Ways to add a column to an array in Power Automate When you have an array in Power Automate and you would like to add a column, you have 3 ways of doing this. In some...

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Patch any field type in a SharePoint list item using Power Apps

In Power Apps the Patch function is very important when you work with data. In this post it’s all about how to update any field type in SharePoint lists. Field … read the patch-field-type-sharepoint-power-apps post Continue Reading Pieter Veenstra’s Article on their blog Patch any field type in a SharePoint list item using Power Apps In Power Apps the Patch function is very important when you work with data. In this...

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Take control of files created on SharePoint that are not published
Jan10

Take control of files created on SharePoint that are not published

Did you know that if you’re a SharePoint Site collection owner you cannot see all the pages created? A few days ago, I notice that I should have a certain number of pages on the Site Pages library (80 or something) but only a few appear for my user. You can verify how many files you have on the particular library on the Site contents of your site. This happens because the page was… Continue Reading David Ramalho’s...

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Call flows from a model driven app

Wouldn’t it be great if you could call flows from a model driven app? Well you can , but it is not without its difficulties. Some background It is easy … read the call-flows-from-a-model-driven-app post Continue Reading Pieter Veenstra’s Article on their blog Call flows from a model driven app Wouldn’t it be great if you could call flows from a model driven app? Well you can , but it is not without its...

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Variables or Compose? Consider neither in Power Automate

The question is Variables or Compose actions in Power Automate? Variables Sometimes you need a place to put things. To explain the idea of variables I often use the idea … read the variables-or-compose-power-automate post Continue Reading Pieter Veenstra’s Article on their blog Variables or Compose? Consider neither in Power Automate The question is Variables or Compose actions in Power Automate? Sometimes you need a place...

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Your 1st lesson in Power Apps, in a few easy steps!

1st lessons can be so important when you want to get started with Power apps. 1st steps in Power Apps – Login Earlier this week I was contacted on the … read the your-1st-lesson-in-power-apps post Continue Reading Pieter Veenstra’s Article on their blog Your 1st lesson in Power Apps, in a few easy steps! 1st lessons can be so important when you want to get started with Power apps. Earlier this week I was contacted on...

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Create new tabs in your Teams in Microsoft Teams using Power Automate

Have you ever tried adding new tabs in your teams in Microsoft Teams? When you do this with Power Automate you might need to have a look at Microsoft Graph. … read the new-tabs-microsoft-teams-power-automate post Continue Reading Pieter Veenstra’s Article on their blog Create new tabs in your Teams in Microsoft Teams using Power Automate Have you ever tried adding new tabs in your teams in Microsoft Teams? When you do this...

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Who can create new environments in the Power Platform

It is important to create multiple environment when you use the Power Platform, but how do you control who can create new environments? Environments There can be multiple reasons for … read the create-new-environments-power-platform post Continue Reading Pieter Veenstra’s Article on their blog Who can create new environments in the Power Platform It is important to create multiple environment when you use the Power...

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How to enable/disable the comments on SharePoint Lists
Dec13

How to enable/disable the comments on SharePoint Lists

One of the recent updated for Microsoft Lists / SharePoint List Online was the possibility to comment on each item of a list that allows you to interact with other users for that particular item. This is a great feature which will be helpful to many organization and will help users to extend their collaboration. However, it’s possible that some organization may want to disable or enable… Continue Reading David...

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How to handle leavers in Power Automate

Nobody likes it when people leave your organisation, but apart from the emotional part of this. What do you do when leavers own flows in Power Automate? Flow Owners Last … read the how-to-handle-leavers-in-power-automate post Continue Reading Pieter Veenstra’s Article on their blog How to handle leavers in Power Automate Nobody likes it when people leave your organisation, but apart from the emotional part of this. What do...

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How to embed a canvas app in your model driven app

Do you want to create a button in the forms in your model driven app? You could embed a Canvas App in your model driven app to do this. Create … read the embed-a-canvas-app-model-driven-app post Continue Reading Pieter Veenstra’s Article on their blog How to embed a canvas app in your model driven app Do you want to create a button in the forms in your model driven app? You could embed a Canvas App in your model driven app...

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Automatically re-enable flows that were suspended in Power Automate

Do you want to re-enable flows that were suspended automatically? Have you noticed that flows that aren’t running are automatically switched off? Switched off flows This can be very annoying! … read the re-enable-flows-power-automate post Continue Reading Pieter Veenstra’s Article on their blog Automatically re-enable flows that were suspended in Power Automate Do you want to re-enable flows that were suspended...

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The target in the Launch function in Power Apps

The Launch function in Power Apps helps you to open links in your browser from your app. Launch Function The launch function has had a few additional options added recently, … read the launchtarget-launch-function-power-apps post Continue Reading Pieter Veenstra’s Article on their blog The target in the Launch function in Power Apps The Launch function in Power Apps helps you to open links in your browser from your app....

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Create new group alert using Power Automate

Do you want to know when a new group has been created with for example Microsoft Teams? How do you create a new group alert? Create a new flow Ideally … read the create-new-group-alert-power-automate post Continue Reading Pieter Veenstra’s Article on their blog Create new group alert using Power Automate Do you want to know when a new group has been created with for example Microsoft Teams? How do you create a new group...

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Delegation Warnings in Power Apps

We have all seen them, Delegation Warnings, but what is delegation and how do you clear your Power Apps from these warnings Delegation I’m going to start this post by … read the delegation-warnings-in-power-apps post Continue Reading Pieter Veenstra’s Article on their blog Delegation Warnings in Power Apps We have all seen them, Delegation Warnings, but what is delegation and how do you clear your Power Apps from...

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Verify all the SharePoint sites that belong to Microsoft Teams Private Channels
Nov22

Verify all the SharePoint sites that belong to Microsoft Teams Private Channels

When creating a Microsoft Teams private channel by default, it creates a brand new SharePoint site which will store all the information related to that private channel. This is a special site that contains a couple of settings. I will leave at reference an article that you can check to check those settings. I will share some PnP PowerShell commands that will help us to get this… Continue Reading David Ramalho’s Article on...

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1 Top tip: PowerPlatformLearn.com and master the Power Platform within no time

It can be difficult to get started with the Power Platform, blogs help, training helps, but powerplatformlearn.com can definitely help! Learning Learning can be done in so many ways. Personally … read the master-power-platform-powerplatformlearn post Continue Reading Pieter Veenstra’s Article on their blog 1 Top tip: PowerPlatformLearn.com and master the Power Platform within no time It can be difficult to get started with...

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Compare 2 Excel files using Power Automate

This is such a common scenario. You receive Excel files on a regular basis and you want to compare the files collect the new rows with Power Automate. SharePoint Setup … read the compare-2-excel-files-power-automate post Continue Reading Pieter Veenstra’s Article on their blog Compare 2 Excel files using Power Automate This is such a common scenario. You receive Excel files on a regular basis and you want to compare the...

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SharePoint Syntex – AI powered knowledge management
Nov04

SharePoint Syntex – AI powered knowledge management

One of the highest priorities for Microsoft is how it can apply artificial intelligence to help organisations be more productive. The Microsoft 365 platform enables you to harness the knowledge and expertise of your organisation, empowering everyone to make more informed decisions and take action faster and it has the potential to be even more intelligent. Project Cortex Last year Microsoft announced a new Microsoft 365...

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Rename SharePoint folders using Power Automate in 2 easy steps

Have you ever wanted to rename SharePoint folders with Power Automate? REST API call to use According to the documentation the following two calls are needed to rename SharePoint folders. … read the rename-sharepoint-folder-power-automate post Continue Reading Pieter Veenstra’s Article on their blog Rename SharePoint folders using Power Automate in 2 easy steps Have you ever wanted to rename SharePoint folders with Power...

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Read dates from Excel with Power Automate

To read dates from Excel files can be tricky, as Excel only give you the number of days since 1 January 1900. Dates in Excel I’ve created myself an Excel … read the read-dates-from-excel-power-automate post Continue Reading Pieter Veenstra’s Article on their blog Read dates from Excel with Power Automate To read dates from Excel files can be tricky, as Excel only give you the number of days since 1 January 1900....

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Show 21 – Part 2: Telling Stories

Telling Stories – more than just a great album by the Charlatans, it is a way to share the benefits of tools like those in the Power Platform. This week we are joined by Clarissa Gillingham as she shares her experience of forming great stories and some great tips for creating your own. If you would like to appear on the show, please drop us a line using the form at

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Show 21 – Part 1: News and front of mind

Telling Stories – more than just a great album by the Charlatans, it is a way to share the benefits of tools like those in the Power Platform. This week we are joined by Clarissa Gillingham as she shares her experience of forming great stories and some great tips for creating your own. First though, the news as we cover the latest Teams usage numbers, updates to Power Apps and more. News

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How to know who view files/pages on SharePoint
Nov01

How to know who view files/pages on SharePoint

A couple of days ago I come across a SharePoint feature that is very useful to check who view the file that is a SharePoint document library. This feature can be very useful to check who viewed that particular file. This feature will allow you do understand you saw your meeting records if you’re saving then on SharePoint.  Usually, that feature is deactivated on all the sites…. Continue Reading David Ramalho’s Article on...

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SharePoint 2010 workflows retiring next week!

Are you ready for your SharePoint 2010 Workflows retiring next week? SharePoint 2010 Well SharePoint 2010 seems to be a long long time ago. Note the comment in the post: … read the sharepoint-2010-workflows-retiring post Continue Reading Pieter Veenstra’s Article on their blog SharePoint 2010 workflows retiring next week! Are you ready for your SharePoint 2010 Workflows retiring next week? Well SharePoint 2010 seems to be...

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Remove Microsoft Teams Deleted Teams
Oct26

Remove Microsoft Teams Deleted Teams

A few weeks ago, I was playing with the Microsoft Teams creation using Microsoft Graph endpoint and as expected, a couple of teams were created because of that. Using these endpoints can be extremely useful to automate a process on our organization. However, when you’re doing this it will create a lot of “testing” teams. This is also applicable to Teams that are not… Continue Reading David Ramalho’s Article on their blog...

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Create Distinct filters for Power Apps galleries

So you add a gallery to your app in Power Apps and you want to create some filters (distinct filters of course!). This is the post to read! Galleries I’ve … read the distinct-filters-power-apps-galleries post Continue Reading Pieter Veenstra’s Article on their blog Create Distinct filters for Power Apps galleries So you add a gallery to your app in Power Apps and you want to create some filters (distinct filters of...

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Send push notifications to start your app in Power Apps

Have you ever wanted to send push notification to people’s phones to run a Power App? What do you need? The aim is to send a push notification to user’s … read the push-notifications-start-app-power-apps post Continue Reading Pieter Veenstra’s Article on their blog Send push notifications to start your app in Power Apps Have you ever wanted to send push notification to people’s phones to run a Power App?...

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Patch the Common Data Services with Power Apps

Using the patch Function to update records in the Common Data Services can be easy, but a lot depends on the field types used. Reasons for this post This week … read the patch-common-data-services-power-apps post Continue Reading Pieter Veenstra’s Article on their blog Patch the Common Data Services with Power Apps Using the patch Function to update records in the Common Data Services can be easy, but a lot depends on the...

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Show 20 – Part 2: Just Say No

This week we learn how saying no means that you can actually say yes more often, adding more control to what you do and being more productive with it. We chat about trying not to over commit and work out when you can work most effectively. <!– –> If you would like to appear on the show, please drop us a line using the form at https://www.greyhatbeard.com/upcoming-shows. We’d love to hear… Continue Reading Kevin...

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Show 20 – Part 1: News and front of mind

This week we learn how saying no means that you can actually say yes more often, adding more control to what you do and being more productive with it. We chat about trying not to over commit and work out when you can work most effectively. But first we cover the latest news with Microsoft’s analysis on wellbeing in an era of Covid19, the latest from Zoom and some small but useful updates in… Continue Reading Kevin...

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Deploy Canvas Apps and Flows through solutions

When you deploy Canvas Apps and Flows in Power Apps and Power Automate you can choose to deploy them one by one but adding them to solutions is easier. Solutions … read the deploy-canvas-apps-and-flows-solutions post Continue Reading Pieter Veenstra’s Article on their blog Deploy Canvas Apps and Flows through solutions When you deploy Canvas Apps and Flows in Power Apps and Power Automate you can choose to deploy them one...

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Address Input in Power Apps

When you app needs users to input addresses, you can now use the Address input control. Address Input Control While I’m writing this post the address Input control is still … read the address-input-in-power-apps post Continue Reading Pieter Veenstra’s Article on their blog Address Input in Power Apps When you app needs users to input addresses, you can now use the Address input control. While I’m writing this...

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Get the changes made to SharePoint Items with Power Automate

Recently the Get changes for an item or file action was added to SharePoint. Here a full overview Get changes for an item or file action The Get Changes for … read the changes-sharepoint-items-power-automate post Continue Reading Pieter Veenstra’s Article on their blog Get the changes made to SharePoint Items with Power Automate Recently the Get changes for an item or file action was added to SharePoint. Here a full...

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Better error handling with parallel branches in Power Automate

This post is all about error handling and parallel branches. General error handling in Power Automate In the past I’ve written quite a few posts about the Try-Catch pattern. Which … read the error-handling-parallel-branches-power-automate post Continue Reading Pieter Veenstra’s Article on their blog Better error handling with parallel branches in Power Automate This post is all about error handling and parallel...

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Use Azure Computer Vision to name your images with Power Automate

To recognize images in SharePoint Azure Computer Vision can be a great help. In this post an example. What is Azure Computer vision Azure Computer Vision can be used to … read the azure-computer-vision-power-automate post Continue Reading Pieter Veenstra’s Article on their blog Use Azure Computer Vision to name your images with Power Automate To recognize images in SharePoint Azure Computer Vision can be a great help. In...

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Business Rules in Model Driven Apps

When you develop model driven apps, business rules can be very useful. Introduction to business rules In this posts I will look at the business rules and how they work. … read the business-rules-in-model-driven-apps post Continue Reading Pieter Veenstra’s Article on their blog Business Rules in Model Driven Apps When you develop model driven apps, business rules can be very useful. In this posts I will look at the business...

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Just 3 clicks to disable an action in Power Automate

Have you ever wanted to disable an action in your Power Automate flow? It is just 3 clicks away. Disable an action with Static Result So you have built a … read the disable-an-action-in-power-automate post Continue Reading Pieter Veenstra’s Article on their blog Just 3 clicks to disable an action in Power Automate Have you ever wanted to disable an action in your Power Automate flow? It is just 3 clicks away. So you have...

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Actions function in Power Automate

Most flow developers will know about functions like body and outputs in Power Automate. But how about the actions function? The Actions function The actions function is often forgotten about, … read the actions-function-in-power-automate post Continue Reading Pieter Veenstra’s Article on their blog Actions function in Power Automate Most flow developers will know about functions like body and outputs in Power Automate. But...

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Show 19 – Part 1: Ignite Round-up

Ignite was on fire last week so we dedicated the show to our thoughts on the main news that came out. Was it the Power Apps in Teams news that caught your attention, perhaps Project Nucleus or even the updates to Logic Apps? We cover what was announced and how we think you will be able to make use of these. <!– –> If you would like to appear on the show, please drop us a line using the… Continue Reading Kevin...

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How to customize channel email on Microsoft Teams
Sep21

How to customize channel email on Microsoft Teams

Do you know you can send email to Microsoft Teams channel? If so you are familiar with this feature, you know it generates an email that is far from being friendly. With this blog post, I will show how you can make some configurations to have a friendly email which will be a lot easier for the end-user. If you are not aware of the feature that I’m talking about on this blog post… Continue Reading David Ramalho’s...

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Show/hide the New button from a SharePoint Document Library
Sep20

Show/hide the New button from a SharePoint Document Library

There are some scenarios where the document libraries on SharePoint are used only to upload files. For example, let’s say that you have a sales team that need to upload to a document library an excel every week. Therefore, maybe the new button to have an option to create a new folder or create a new document doesn’t make much sense. So, if click on that button as admin of the… Continue Reading David Ramalho’s...

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Show 18 – Part 1: News and front of mind

While we eagerly await the news to come from Ignite, Peter Rising was kind enough to join us again and share some thoughts on Security and Compliance in Microsoft 365. We first covered some interesting ideas from Facebook, sunken datacentres and debated laptops vs desktops. <!– –> If you would like to appear on the show, please drop us a line using the form at

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Show 18 – Part 2: Getting secure and compliant with Microsoft 365

While we eagerly await the news to come from Ignite, Peter Rising was kind enough to join us again and share some thoughts on Security and Compliance in Microsoft 365. We aimed to cover: What can be done in M365? How do we know license requirements? What’s coming next and what do we wish is coming next? Related links: CIS Benchmarks Top 10 ways to secure M365 M365 Secure Score M365… Continue Reading Kevin McDonnell’s...

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Show 17 – Part 1: News and front of mind

After almost two months, the three of us are back together and ready to share the latest info and our thoughts to you all. This week, we think about how you can stay in contact with the latest information, discuss the Microsoft 365 roadmap and our thoughts and wishes for what will be announced at Ignite 2020. First up was the news including why you should backup your Teams chat, the end of… Continue Reading Kevin...

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