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Before we jump into how to create child flows in Power Automate, lets get some context. Power Automate is part of Office 365 and it allows users to create automated workflows and automation scenarios without writing code. Formerly known as Microsoft Flow, Power Automate is part of the Microsoft Power Platform and can be used to connect to a wide variety of different data sources and applications.
With Power Automate, users can automate processes, repetitive or manual tasks and integrate data across different systems, applications, and services. It is a powerful and flexible platform for creating and managing workflows and process automation scenarios. In more complex workflows, we find it may become necessary to build child flows.
In this article, we’ll walk you step by step through how to create child flows in Power Automate.
A child flow is a type of automation that runs within another flow. Think of it like a ‘sub-flow’ – it holds all of the steps necessary for completing a particular task and can be triggered from the ‘parent’ flow. This makes it easier to manage complex automations and helps you keep your flows organised.
Though they address complex scenarios, creating a child flow in Power Automate is quite simple. Here are the steps you need to follow:
The actions and triggers that can be used in a child flow depend on the connectors that are available in Power Automate. However, most connectors support a common set of triggers and actions, which include:
These are just a few examples, and there are many other actions and triggers that can be used in a child flow. It’s important to note that the actions and triggers available in a child flow may be different from those available in a parent flow, depending on the connectors that are being used.
Child flows can greatly enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of complex workflows. By breaking down large processes into smaller, more manageable sub-tasks, child flows allow for greater flexibility, modularity, and scalability in your automation projects.
Furthermore, using child flows in Power Automate can help simplify your overall workflow design, improve debugging and troubleshooting, and promote collaboration among team members. To get the most out of child flows, it’s important to follow best practices to ensure that your child flows are easy to understand, maintain, and update over time.
Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced user, incorporating child flows into your automation projects can help streamline your processes, save time and effort, and ultimately improve the quality of your work.
If you’d like assistance building workflows into your organisation, Propelle’s consultants are here to help. As Microsoft 365 specialists, we live and breathe Power Automate and know all the tricks to make sure your business gets the most out of the platform. We look forward to having a chat!