Types of flow in Power Automate

Three ways to make a flow: Instant Cloud Flow

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Instant Cloud flow is one of the three ways to make a flow. Sometimes we need to perform some repeating tasks manually, in this scenario, we can create an Instant Cloud type flow that gets triggered manually as needed and complete the tasks done quickly. To be noted, we can create a flow in three ways in Power Automate:

  • Start from blank
  • Start from a template
  • Start from a connector

Three ways to make a flow: Start from blank

Starting from the blank is one of the three ways to make a flow.

In the “start from blank” section, we have the types of starting flows:

  • Automate cloud flow – Triggered by a designated event.
  • Instant cloud flow – Trigerred manually as needed.
  • Scheduled cloud flow – You choose when and how often it runs.
  • Desktop flow – Automates process on your desktop environment.
Three ways to make a flow - start from blank
Three ways to make a flow – start from blank

Note:

  • In this article, we will discuss the “Instant cloud flow – Triggered manually as needed”

Three ways to make a flow: Start from a template

We can create a flow using the template – there are many templates available, few are shown below:

Three ways to make a flow - start from a template
Three ways to make a flow – start from a template

Three ways to make a flow: start from a connector

We can create a flow using the connector as well – there are many connectors available, few are shown below:

Three ways to make a flow - start from a connector
Three ways to make a flow – start from a connector

Now, we will move on to how to create a flow using the instant cloud flow template which can be triggered manually as needed.

How to create a flow using the instant cloud flow template?

Build an instant cloud flow to trigger manually
Build an instant cloud flow to trigger manually

Name the flow.

Choose any of the given templates – here we have selected the “Manually trigger a flow – flow button for mobile” trigger point.

Build an instant cloud flow to trigger manually - Test
Build an instant cloud flow to trigger manually – Test

Click on the Create button.

Create an instant cloud flow to trigger manually
Create an instant cloud flow to trigger manually

In the next screen, we can see the flow designer screen with the “Manually trigger a flow” action.

Manually trigger a flow - Next Step
Manually trigger a flow – Next Step

Click on the “+ Next step”.

Select “Create Item” SharePoint action.

Manually trigger a flow - create item in SharePoint list
Manually trigger a flow – create an item in a SharePoint list

Enter the below details:

  • Site Address – SharePoint Online Site Address
  • List Name – Country
  • Title (Title column value) – Australia

Then click on the “Test” button.

Test Power Automate flow manually
Test Power Automate flow manually

Now from the Test Flow selection select manually to perform the starting action to trigger it.

Manually test flow to perform the starting action to trigger it
Manually test flow to perform the starting action to trigger it

Then click on the “Test” button.

Run flow for the manual trigger
Instant Cloud flow – Run flow for the manual trigger
Your flow run successfully started. To monitor it, go to the Flow Runs Page.
Your flow run successfully started. To monitor it, go to the Flow Runs Page.

Click on the “Done” button.

Your flow ran successfully status message
Your flow ran successfully status message

If you see that all the actions are green ticked means your flow has been run successfully.

Now, go to your SharePoint site list location.

List item added using the Power Automate manual trigger action - Instant Cloud flow
List item added using the Power Automate manual trigger action

We can see that a new country “Australia” has been added to the list.

Summary: Three ways to make a flow – Instant Cloud Flow

Thus in this article, we have learned the below with respect to what are the ways to make flow in Power Automate and how to work with the Instant Cloud flow:

  • What are the three ways to make a flow in Power Automate?
  • How to start from the blank template in Power Automate?
  • How to create a flow with the automated cloud flow – Triggered by a designated event template?
  • How to create an instant cloud flow – Trigerred manually as needed?
  • How to create a scheduled cloud flow – You choose when and how often it runs?
  • How to create a desktop flow – Automates process on your desktop environment?
  • How to create a flow using the instant cloud flow template?

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