Introduction to desktop flows

Desktop flows broaden the existing robotic process automation (RPA) capabilities in Power Automate and enable you to automate all repetitive desktop processes. It’s quicker and easier than ever to automate with the new intuitive Power Automate desktop flow designer using the prebuilt drag-and-drop actions or recording your own desktop flows to run later.

Leverage automation capabilities in Power Automate. Create flows, interact with everyday tools such as email and excel or work with modern and legacy applications. Examples of simple and complex tasks you can automate are:

  • Quickly organize your documents using dedicated files and folders actions

  • Accurately extract data from websites and store them in excel files using Web and Excel automation

  • Apply desktop automation capabilities to put your work on autopilot

Desktop flows are addressed to home users, small businesses, enterprises or larger companies. They're addressed essentially to everyone who is performing simple or complex rule-based tasks on their workstations.

In case you are a home user who is accessing a weather website to see tomorrow's forecast, or a self-employed businessperson who extracts information from vendors' invoices or even an employee of a large enterprise who automates data entry on an ERP system, Power Automate is designed for you.

It allows you to automate both legacy applications, such as terminal emulators, modern web and desktop applications, Excel files, and folders. Interact with the machine using application UI elements, images, or coordinates.

Sign in to Power Automate Windows application using one of the following accounts and automate your tedious tasks:

Getting started with a Microsoft account

Getting started with a work or school account

Getting started with an Organization premium account

A full comparison of the features included in each account can be found here.

Here's a list of known issues for Power Automate.

You can also create desktop flows using the alternative solutions legacy Windows recorder (V1) and Selenium IDE.