Usage Of Take Function In Power Automate

Introduction

In Power Platform, at times we must take a few elements from an Array or a few characters from a given string. In these scenarios, Take function in Power Automate can be used. As an example, Employees String Array and Employee Name String variable were used to explain this behavior.

Step 1

Login to the required Power Apps environment using URL make.powerapps.com by providing username and password and click on Flows on the left-hand side as shown in the below figure.

Usage of Take Function in Power Automate

Step 2

After Step 1, Click on New Flow and select instant cloud flow and provide the trigger as Manually trigger a flow and click on Create as shown in the below figure.

Usage of Take Function in Power Automate

Step 3

After Step 2, name the flow as TakeFunction and take a parallel branch and one side of branch take an initialize variable and name it as Set Employees Array and provide values

Name: Employee Names
Type: Array
Value: ["Venkat","Polisetty","Subba Rao"]

as shown in the below figure.

Usage of Take Function in Power Automate

Step 4

After Step 3, to the other side of parallel branch take another initialize variable and name it as Set Employee Name and provide values

Name: Employee
Type: String
Value: VenkataSubbaraoPolisetty

as shown in the below figure.

Usage of Take Function in Power Automate

Step 5

After Step 4, now under Set Employees Array step take a compose action and name it as Get Employee Details With Take Function and provide the inputs with take function which Returns the elements in the array/string starting at index Count syntax

take(collection: array|string, count: integer)

as

Inputs : take(variables('Employee Names'),2)

as shown in the below figure.

Usage of Take Function in Power Automate

Step 6

After Step 5, now under Set Employee Name take a compose action and name it as Get Employee Name With Take Function and provide the inputs as

Inputs : take(variables('Employee'),7)

as shown in the below figure.

Usage of Take Function in Power Automate

Step 7

After Step 6, save and test the flow and observe the results as shown in the below figure.

Usage of Take Function in Power Automate

Note

  1. Make sure to save and run the flow whenever you try expressions.
  2. Make sure to provide input array in proper acceptable format of string array.
  3. Also use double quotes for the elements in the array.
  4. Microsoft documentation found here.
  5. For integer type variables as well, take function can be used.

Conclusion

In this way, we can use Take function in power automate to achieve customer functionality.