MonthSeptember 2021

Use Power Automate For Free With Personal Accounts

Did you know that you can use Power Automate for free? Yes.. It’s available for free for personal accounts like Hotmail, Gmail, etc… To get started with it, visit one of these two links:

At the top of the page there is a try free link, when you click on it, you will see a textbox where you can type your email. Type your Gmail or Hotmail account there

Once you write your personal email and click “Start free” the page will prompt you to use a work or school account or continue with this personal email. Click Continue.

The next page will ask you to sign in with a Microsoft account or create a new one. If it’s your first time using your Gmail account to use a Microsoft service, you will want to click on “Create one”.

Now why are we creating a new account and how are we creating a new account with our Gmail email? In order to work with Power Automate, Skype or Xbox for example, you needed to use something called “Live ID” which is now named as Microsoft Account. You can use your Gmail account to create this Microsoft Account. Screenshots below show you the wizard that takes you through the process of creating this Microsoft account with your Gmail account. Note that later you will keep signing in with your Gmail account so this is just a one time process.

After the creation of the Microsoft account, you will be redirected to flow.microsoft.com and you can get started:

If you go to outlook.com and sign in with your Gmail, you’ll notice that you can actually sign in:

Now what can we use in Power Automate with our Gmail account? You can use all actions that are open for consumer accounts, for example the outlook connection, Twitter connection or Gmail connection and so on. You won’t be able to use things like SharePoint or Office 365 Outlook connection. Note that if you use the O365 Outlook connection for example to send an email, you won’t get an error however the action won’t run.

The power of Quick Links web part

One of the most used SharePoint web parts is the quick links web part, but I feel like people really underestimate its capabilities when it comes to how you can change its look in your SharePoint pages. For me, it’s one of those web parts that I call as Swiss-knife web parts.

The power of the Quick Links web part is in its different layout combined with how it adapts based on the section where it exists as well as the ability to include gif images which makes them attractive – when using the right gif image that is!

Quick Links web part has 6 layout options:

When adding a link, you can choose to include an icon or an image for that link. In the examples in this article I will be using a web part with 4 links for 4 different animals, each one with its own image.

Compact Layout

We can see the Compact Layout when used in a vertical section like this:

However when it’s used in a two columns section layout:

If you provide it the whole width, it will look like this:

Filmstrip Layout

Vertical Section

Two columns section layout:

One-third right section layout (added to the left):

If you provide it with the full width, it will show all four images and hide the arrows. If you add one more link, it will start showing the arrows again and allow you to scroll.

Grid Layout:

Grid layout in a vertical section:

Two columns section layout:

One-third right section layout (added to the left):

List Layout:

Vertical section: With no description – No Icons:

Two columns section layout:

Two columns section layout space with no icons:

Tiles Layout:

Fill space property

 It would look like this in a vertical section:

And two columns section layout:

Button Layout:

With descriptions – Fill color – No icon:

Two columns section layout, no outline, icon on top:

One-third right section layout (added to the right) :

As we see, the same web part with the same layout would look different depending on the section layout where it’s placed. How it looks in a two columns section would look different from one-third section.

I have a created a very short video to show different options that might give you an idea of the possible things to do with the quick links web part: