Convert XLSX to PDF in Power Automate

This article describes how to achieve a pixel-perfect XLSX Excel document to PDF conversion in Power Automate (Microsoft Flow).

You can use the pre-built Flow templates for SharePoint or OneDrive for Business, or follow the steps outlined in the article to create your Flow from scratch.

Preparation

We will take a purchase order as a sample Excel document:

Excel sample to convert to PDF

Use this link to download it.

Our document has to be stored somewhere. Power Automate (Microsoft Flow) has a lot of connectors for different systems. Here are just a few of them:

  • SharePoint

  • Salesforce

  • Box

  • OneDrive

  • Google Drive

  • Dropbox

  • SFTP

  • File System

You can store your source file anywhere. In this example, we will store our document in OneDrive for Business. Our Flow will automatically generate a PDF file, once XLSX file is stored in the specified folder in OneDrive.

Setting up the Flow

This is what the complete flow should look like:

pixel perfect Excel to PDF conversion flow

Flow trigger

We used an Automated cloud flow trigger, particularly When a file is created from the OneDrive for Business connector. But you can use any other trigger, for example, run it on file creation on a SharePoint library, or any other.

Once you save the file in the OneDrive in the specified folder, the flow will automatically run.

Get file content

Choose File locator to dynamically locate and select newly added files in the specified folder. This action gets the file content of the specified file from the OneDrive folder each time a new file is added.

You can use other connectors to get files from your system, depending on which system you use to store files.

Convert XLSX to PDF

This is an action from the Plumsail Documents connector. It will convert our Excel document, and we’ll receive the pixel-perfect PDF output.

If this is your first time using the Plumsail Documents connector, Power Automate will request the Connection Name and API Key.

Create connection in Power Automate flow

You can type any name for the connection, for example Plumsail Documents.

Once the connection name is filled out, create an API key in your Plumsail Account, copy and paste it into the Access Key field, and then click Create.

Copying an API key from the account

Just put XLSX File content from the output of the previous action and receive PDF file content as an output of this action.

You can find more information about this action here.

Create file

Now you need to store PDF files somewhere. In our example, we use “Create file” action for OneDrive connector to store the PDF document to the specified Folder Path. We can select to keep the same file name by selecting Name without extension and add PDF extension in the end.

the ready pixel perfect pdf in OneDrive

You can use any other connector to store PDF document into your system.

Ready-to-use Flow templates

We have simplified the process of Flow configuration for you. Below is a clickable widget of the templates that you can start from: