Microsoft Flow

Microsoft Flow is a cloud-based software tool that allows employees to create and automate workflows across multiple applications and services without the need for developer help. Automated workflows are called flows.

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Microsoft Flow (now Power Automate)

Get started with Power Automate

What can you expect from Power Automate? Here are a few examples of what you can do with Power Automate.

  • Automate business processes
  • Send automatic reminders for past due tasks
  • Move business data between systems on a schedule
  • Connect to almost 300 data sources or any publicly available API
  • You can even automate tasks on your local computer like computing data in Excel.

Just think about time saved once you automate repetitive manual tasks simply by recording mouse clicks, keystrokes and copy paste steps from your desktop! Power Automate is all about automation.


Who is Power Automate for?

What skills do you need to have? Anyone from a basic business user to an IT professional can create automated processes using Power Automate's no-code/low-code platform.

What industries can benefit from Power Automate? Check out how some companies implemented Microsoft Power Platform solutions using Power Automate in:

Find examples from your industry

The first step in creating an automation is to sign up, or, if you already have an account with Power Automate, sign in.

What are the different types of flows?

Visit the flow types article to learn more about the different types of flows that you can create to automate your tasks.

Check out the start page

On the start page for Power Automate, you can explore a diverse set of templates and learn about the key features for Power Automate. You can get a quick sense of what's possible and how Power Automate could help your business and your life.

Each template is designed for a specific purpose. For example, there are templates for sending you a text message when your boss emails you, adding Twitter leads to Dynamics 365, or backing up your files. These templates are just the tip of the iceberg. They're intended to inspire you to create customized flows for the exact processes you need.

Create your first flow

  1. Select a template that's useful for you. A simple template is Get daily reminders in Email:

daily reminder template

  1. Select Continue.

Create connection

  1. Enter the email addresses to which the daily reminder will be sent. Next, enter the reminder message. Finally, select Create flow, and then verify that your flow is running as expected.

Provide credentials for the connection


You can explore the conditions that trigger the flow and the action that results from that event. Play around with the settings to make the flow your own. You can even add or delete actions.

  1. Select Done.

Follow this tutorial to learn more about creating flows from templates.

Get creative

Now that you've created your first flow from a template, use any of the more than 380 data sources that Power Automate supports to create your own flows from scratch.

Building a cloud flow

When you create a cloud flow from scratch, you control the entire workflow. Here are a few ideas to get your started:

Peek at the code

You don't need to be a developer to create flows; however, Power Automate does provide a Peek code feature that allows anyone to take a closer look at the code that's generated for all actions and triggers in a cloud flow. Peeking at the code could give you a clearer understanding of the data that's being used by triggers and actions. Follow these steps to peek at the code that's generated for your flows from within the Power Automate designer:

  1. Select the ... menu item at the top right corner of any action or trigger.
  2. Select Peek code.

Peek code

  1. Notice the full JSON representation of the actions and triggers. This includes all inputs, such as the text you enter directly, and expressions used. You can select expressions here and then paste them into the Dynamic Content expression editor. This can also give you a way to verify the data you expect is present in the flow.

Peek code details

Find your flows easily

When your creative juices start flowing, you might create many flows. Don't worry, finding your flows is easy - just use the search box on the My flowsTeam flowsConnections, or Solutions screen to display only flows that match the search terms you enter.

Filter or search flows


The search filter only finds flows that have been loaded into the page. If you don't find your flow, try selecting Load more at the bottom of the page.

Get notifications when something's wrong

Visit the cloud flow activity page to see the list of cloud flows that recently ran, sent notifications, or have failed.

  1. Sign into Power Automate.
  2. Select Monitor on the left side of the screen.
  3. Select Cloud flow activity.

Notification center

Use the mobile app

Download the Power Automate mobile app for AndroidiOS, or Windows Phone. With this app, you can monitor flow activitymanage your flows and create flows from templates.

Get help planning your Power Automate projects

If you're ready to start your Power Automate project, visit the guidance and planning article to get up and running quickly.

Overview of the different types of flows

Power Automate is a service that you can use to automate repetitive tasks to bring efficiencies to any organizations.

You can create cloud flowsdesktop flows, or business process flows.

Cloud flows

Create a cloud flow when you want your automation to be triggered either automatically, instantly, or via a schedule.


Flow type

Use case

Automation target

Automated flows

Create an automation that is triggered by an event such as arrival of an email from a specific person, or a mention of your company in social media.

Connectors for cloud or on-premises services connect your accounts and enable them to talk to each other.

Instant flows

Start an automation with a click of a button. You can automate for repetitive tasks from your Desktop or Mobile devices. For example, instantly send a reminder to the team with a push of a button from your mobile device.

Wide range of tasks such as requesting an approval, an action in Teams or SharePoint.

Scheduled flows

Schedule an automation such as daily data upload to SharePoint or a database.

Tasks that need to be automated on a schedule.

Desktop flows

Desktop flows are used to automate tasks on the Web or the desktop. Using Power Automate Desktop you can automate tasks on the desktop as well as the Web. Alternatively, you can use the two legacy methods of creating desktop flows: Windows recorder (V1) and Selenium IDE.

Business process flows

Business process flows provide a guide for people to get work done. They provide a streamlined user experience that leads people through the processes their organization has defined for interactions that need to be advanced to a conclusion of some kind. This user experience can be tailored so that people with different security roles can have an experience that best suits the work they do.

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