Here it comes – another article from a series – Power Platform updates from 2022!
Today, we will be talking about Power Automate desktop flows updates – this is our next topic and this article will tell you more about 6 interesting updates from 2022 – Release Wave 1.
If you didn’t already see, I strongly encourage you to check out two previous articles about Power Platform updates:
Let’s jump into Power Automate Automate updates for desktop flows.
Table of Contents
1: Ready-made Example desktop flows in Power Automate for desktop to get started easily
We will start with really simple and short one. In Power Automate desktop you can now check examples of already created desktop flows. I personally think it is very good place to start.
Link to the Microsoft article: Ready-made Example desktop flows in Power Automate for desktop to get started easily.
2: UI automation action - hover mouse over UI element in window
Another quick update, but very important and needed at the same time. From now on in Power Automate desktop flows you will be able to use “Hover mouse over UI element in window” action. If there will be scenario when at some point hovering mouse over UI element will be required, this is the action that will help!
Link to the Microsoft article: UI automation action – hover mouse over UI element in window.
3: Maintain the structure of the tabular data at extraction from PDF
I played around with this update and it is very interesting but I don’t really see how it can be very useful. The data is extracted as described. We can specifically see that table data from PDF file is different from regular text but when I tried to input that into excel, that didn’t really worked as planned.
Or maybe I did something wrong, haha.
This is my PDF file:
This is my desktop flow which is extracting data from this PDF and then saving it to Excel spreadsheet.
Finally this is how my Excel file looks like:
The option is working, definitely. If you can make use of it, good for you!
Link to the Microsoft article: Maintain the structure of the tabular data at extraction from PDF.
4: Support all types of clicks in browser automation
This update is similar to the second one from the list. The “Click link on web page” action will be enhanced with an extra parameter under the name of Click type.
This parameter is a dropdown list with the following options:
- Left click
- Right click
- Double click
- Left button down
- Left button up
- Right button down
- Right button up
- Middle click
You can pick these option manually.
It can be very useful in RPA.
Link to the Microsoft article: Support all types of clicks in browser automation.
5: Timeout option for Wait for web page in web automation action
There where you work with Browser Automations you can specify after what time desktop flow action will be timed out – how long it should wait for the action to complete.
This action appears in many actions in Power Automate desktop:
- Launch new Internet Explorer
- Launch new Firefox
- Launch new Chrome
- Launch new Microsoft Edge
- Create new tab
- Go to web page
- Click link on web page
- Focus text field on web page
- Populate text Field on web page
- Set check box state on web page
- Select radio button on web page
- Set drop-down list value on web page
- Press button on web page
This is how it looks like:
Link to the Microsoft article: Timeout option for Wait for web page in web automation action.
6: Use more data types for input and output variables
From now on you can work with more variable types for outputs and inputs. These types are:
- Custom Object
- Data table
Link to the Microsoft article: Use more data types for input and output variables.
That’s all for today’s article. There was not much, but I showed the most interesting and useful updates for Power Automate desktop flows.
Power Automate desktop is still evolving and there will be more updates coming every year!
Even now, there are tons of interesting features and connectors. You can work with Azure, SQL, documents, CMD’s, OCR, Cryptography, CyberArk, AWS, Google cognitive, IBM and more! If you are not familiar with Power Automate desktop flows I strongly encourage you to check it out. You can automate many business processes with this tool.
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