Microsoft Flow tab in Teams


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Recently, we released a personal Teams app that allowed you to create and manage flows and launch flows from the Flow Bot—all within Teams. We’ve now extended these capabilities to everyone in the team with a Flow Tab. Let’s imagine that you’re a member of the Strategy and Planning team at Contoso. You’d like to alert the team whenever a document that contains the word "spec" is uploaded to SharePoint. With the Microsoft Flow integration in Teams, you can quickly create a flow that does exactly that, and immediately share it with your team so that others can make edits if required.

Flow tab in Teams

To get started, navigate to the Strategy and Planning team in Teams and add the Flow tab to the General channel. To do so, select the Add a tab (+) button.

Add a tab

Next, select Flow from the All Tabs category. Finish the installation by choosing Install, followed by Save. If prompted, sign in.

Select from all tabs

Create a flow

Once you’ve signed in to Microsoft Flow, choose to create a flow from blank or select from a template. With Microsoft Flow, you can connect your team to a wide variety of services like SharePoint, Microsoft Forms, Twitter, and UserVoice. Select Create from template.  

Create from template

Now choose the template labeled Alert the team when specific documents are uploaded.

Select template

When prompted, verify your connections and select Continue.

Select Continue

In the Microsoft Flow designer, the Teams action, Alert the team, is pre-populated with your current Team and Channel.

Set the Yes branch action setting

Choose a Site Address and Library Name for the trigger—when a file is created (properties only). In this example, we’ll choose the Strategy and Planning site and the Documents library. In the Condition, we’ll Alert the team when the file name contains “Spec.”

Flow condition

Finally, in the Alert the team action, customize the message to look like the following:

Message content

Save and then close the flow by choosing Save. Once the flow is saved, it is automatically shared with the team and any member of the team can edit the flow.

List of flows

Team ownership

When a new document containing the word “spec” is uploaded, a new message is posted to the channel with a link to the file and the text you set in the flow.   

Message posted

Use the bot to launch flows

Just like the personal app, the Flow tab includes a bot that enables you to run manual flows and those triggered on a schedule. Let’s suppose that we have a flow that runs weekly and posts a message to the team reminding everyone of upcoming tech demos. You can check out this blog post on how to create such a flow. With the Flow Bot, you can run this flow immediately.

In the Conversations tab, enter @Flow followed by the command List flows. Once you get back a list of flows, enter the command Run flow followed by the index of the flow you want to run. For example, Run flow 1.

Bot messages