Power Automate has introduced some exciting new features that have been long-awaited. These are small changes, but will make creating flows much easier.
Turning on the experimental features
First, you need to make sure you turn on these features. This is done by logging into https://flow.microsoft.com. Then click the gear icon in the upper-right corner and select “View all Power Automate settings”.
Once you select this option you will see a small Settings window pop up. From here, you need to toggle on the “Experimental Features” and then click “Save”.
Note: These are experimental features. As noted in the screen shot above, these features could change, break, or disappear. So, there are no guarantees.
What are the new features?
Once you have the experimental features enabled, you will notice a couple of awesome new features.
First, you will notice the labels and field inputs have a different layout. The label is now above the field. This provides more room for the inputs.
However, this layout is not shown in all the action steps. For example, if the Common Data Service action of “List Records” is chosen, you will notice the “Environment” and “Entity Name” are still shown in the “classic” way, but the remaining fields are shown in the new way.
The second exciting feature is the input “drawer”. If you need to input dynamic content, click on the lightening bolt icon to display the drawer.
The feature is great compared to the “classic” layout where these options popped out to the right side. This caused some folks to have to scroll sideways to see this pop-out. Ugh!
The third cool feature is the extra space for inputting the expressions! When you click on the “fx” in the corner, the Expressions drawer will appear. And, noticed all the space!
This is a huge improvement over the classic layout.
If you had a long expression, it was very difficult to see the entire expression and possibly make any updates. For example, here is a long expression and it goes off to the left for an unknown length because you can’t see it all.
By comparison, if a long expression is input in the new layout, it would show much more.
With this new expression field, you can hit your enter key and break down the expression across multiple lines.
These small updates a great step forward in making the Power Automate experience more efficient. I’m sure there are more updates coming, and I hoping they will include additional features in the Expressions field.
One ideas I hope that is included is an auto-formatter. This is like the many code formatting sites found online. They will take a pasted code and format it with an easier-to-read layout.
Hope you try out these new features. Let me know what you think of them.