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What are Triggers?

Triggers are events that initiate a flow in Power Automate. They serve as the "start buttons" for your workflows, specifying when a particular flow should be executed based on specific conditions or events.


Types of Triggers:

  • Manual Triggers: These are triggered by manual actions, such as a button press or a user-initiated command. They are suitable for on-demand flows.
  • Example of Manual Trigger:
    • Flow Button
    • Approve/Reject Button
  • Automated Triggers: These are triggered by predefined events or conditions, such as a new email arriving, a file being added to a folder, a form submission, or a scheduled time.
  • Example of Automated Trigger:
    • When a File is Created (OneDrive)
    • When a New Form Response is Submitted (Microsoft Forms)

Key Points about Triggers:

  1. Triggers define when a flow begins and set the context for subsequent actions.
  2. They determine under what circumstances a flow should be executed, and this can include both internal and external events.
  3. Many connectors have specific triggers associated with them, allowing you to respond to events in the integrated service efficiently.