How to Schedule a Flow to Notify Before Document Expiration

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How to Schedule a Flow to Notify Before Document Expiration

We always need a solution on How to Schedule a Flow to Notify Before Document Expiration in SharePoint. Today we will build a solution using email configuration list to achieve this task. I know we can set alert on document library to notify ourselves. But this solution will use external custom list to set alert on multiple libraries.

Agenda to build this solution

  • Create a custom configuration list
  • Create and Schedule a MS Flow to send notification

We will look each steps in detailed to build this solution.

Create custom SharePoint configuration list

In this step we will create a SharePoint list as shown in below picture. We will add three columns; “LibraryName”, “ColumnName” and “NoOfDaysBeforeExpiry “. We will name this list as “Document_Expiry_Email_Config“. Now we will add items to this list.

Figure 1

Create and Schedule a MS Flow

1 – Build a scheduled flow as shown below.

Figure 2

2 – Pass all the parameters and click create button.
3 – After recurrence step add Get Items action

Figure 3

4 – Add apply to each step and select value from previous Get Items.

Figure 4

5 – Inside apply to each block add another Get items 2, Compose and Compose 2 action blocks.

Figure 5

6 – Pass values for all the action block shown in Figure 5.
7 – Add one more apply to each 2 action block below compose 2. Basically this loop will run through all the items of the library.

Figure 6

8 – Inside apply to each 2 add a condition block.
9 – Now we will demystify the condition step. Here we are comparing the Expiry date of current item with notification date. Notification date can be set dynamically using Document_Expiry_Email_Config list.

Figure 7

Before jumping into the LHS and RHS of condition segment, I would suggest to get current item of apply to each 2 loop as a string. Format that string using online JSON formatting tools. It will look like something below.

Figure 8
Formula for condition block are given below:
L.H.S -> item()?[outputs('Compose')]
In above formula we are querying the current item of apply to each 2 loop.
R.H.S -> formatDateTime(addDays(utcNow(),int(outputs('Compose_2'))),'yyyy-MM-dd')

10 – If condition meets, then we will send the notification email as shown below.

Figure 10
Formula for different fields used in above screen shot are given below.
Author's Email -> item()?['Author'] ?['Email']
Author's Display Name -> item()?['Author'] ?['DisplayName']
Document Name : item()? {Name}
Expiry Date : item()?[outputs('Compose')]
Link to Document : item()? {Link}

After performing the above steps it will send a sample email like below.

Figure 11

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