Displaying User Friendly Timestamps when working with Power Automate and SharePoint Online

Updated: Sep 12




When implementing Approval Workflows using Microsoft Power Automate (aka Flow) and SharePoint Online, a typical requirement is to capture an approval comment indicating who approved an item and when using a Timestamp.


This Timestamp is great for machines and techies, but not so great for End Users to read!


In this quick video, we'll explore how you can convert UTC timestamps to human readable timestamps, and in the correct time zone!



Your can grab a copy of the Expression referenced in the video below - be careful with those ticks! :-)



formatDateTime(convertTimeZone(UtcNow(),'UTC','GMT Standard Time'),'f')



(On a side note, I really like the format below - it formats the current time into a YYYY-MM-DD - HHMM format, e.g., 2022-09-12 - 1400)

formatDateTime(convertTimeZone(UtcNow(),'UTC','GMT Standard Time'),'yyyy-MM-dd - HHmm')


Other Timezones you can use:


GMT Standard Time
Afghanistan Standard Time
Alaskan Standard Time
Alaskan Standard Time\Dynamic DST
Arab Standard Time
Arabian Standard Time
Arabic Standard Time
Arabic Standard Time\Dynamic DST
Argentina Standard Time
Argentina Standard Time\Dynamic DST
Atlantic Standard Time
Atlantic Standard Time\Dynamic DST
AUS Central Standard Time
AUS Eastern Standard Time
AUS Eastern Standard Time\Dynamic DST
Azerbaijan Standard Time
Azores Standard Time
Azores Standard Time\Dynamic DST
Bahia Standard Time
Bahia Standard Time\Dynamic DST
Bangladesh Standard Time
Bangladesh Standard Time\Dynamic DST
Canada Central Standard Time
Cape Verde Standard Time
Caucasus Standard Time
Caucasus Standard Time\Dynamic DST
Cen. Australia Standard Time
Cen. Australia Standard Time\Dynamic DST
Central America Standard Time
Central Asia Standard Time
Central Brazilian Standard Time
Central Brazilian Standard Time\Dynamic DST
Central Europe Standard Time
Central European Standard Time
Central Pacific Standard Time
Central Standard Time
Central Standard Time\Dynamic DST
Central Standard Time (Mexico)
China Standard Time
Dateline Standard Time
E. Africa Standard Time
E. Australia Standard Time
E. Europe Standard Time
E. South America Standard Time
E. South America Standard Time\Dynamic DST
Eastern Standard Time
Eastern Standard Time\Dynamic DST
Egypt Standard Time
Egypt Standard Time\Dynamic DST
Ekaterinburg Standard Time
Ekaterinburg Standard Time\Dynamic DST
Fiji Standard Time
Fiji Standard Time\Dynamic DST
FLE Standard Time
Georgian Standard Time
GMT Standard Time
Greenland Standard Time
Greenland Standard Time\Dynamic DST
Greenwich Standard Time
GTB Standard Time
Hawaiian Standard Time
India Standard Time
Iran Standard Time
Iran Standard Time\Dynamic DST
Israel Standard Time
Israel Standard Time\Dynamic DST
Jordan Standard Time
Jordan Standard Time\Dynamic DST
Kaliningrad Standard Time
Kaliningrad Standard Time\Dynamic DST
Kamchatka Standard Time
Korea Standard Time
Libya Standard Time
Libya Standard Time\Dynamic DST
Magadan Standard Time
Magadan Standard Time\Dynamic DST
Mauritius Standard Time
Mauritius Standard Time\Dynamic DST
Mid-Atlantic Standard Time
Middle East Standard Time
Middle East Standard Time\Dynamic DST
Montevideo Standard Time
Montevideo Standard Time\Dynamic DST
Morocco Standard Time
Morocco Standard Time\Dynamic DST
Mountain Standard Time
Mountain Standard Time\Dynamic DST
Mountain Standard Time (Mexico)
Myanmar Standard Time
N. Central Asia Standard Time
N. Central Asia Standard Time\Dynamic DST
Namibia Standard Time
Namibia Standard Time\Dynamic DST
Nepal Standard Time
New Zealand Standard Time
New Zealand Standard Time\Dynamic DST
Newfoundland Standard Time
Newfoundland Standard Time\Dynamic DST
North Asia East Standard Time
North Asia East Standard Time\Dynamic DST
North Asia Standard Time
North Asia Standard Time\Dynamic DST
Pacific SA Standard Time
Pacific SA Standard Time\Dynamic DST
Pacific Standard Time
Pacific Standard Time\Dynamic DST
Pacific Standard Time (Mexico)
Pakistan Standard Time
Pakistan Standard Time\Dynamic DST
Paraguay Standard Time
Paraguay Standard Time\Dynamic DST
Romance Standard Time
Russian Standard Time
Russian Standard Time\Dynamic DST
SA Eastern Standard Time
SA Pacific Standard Time
SA Western Standard Time
Samoa Standard Time
Samoa Standard Time\Dynamic DST
SE Asia Standard Time
Singapore Standard Time
South Africa Standard Time
Sri Lanka Standard Time
Syria Standard Time
Syria Standard Time\Dynamic DST
Taipei Standard Time
Tasmania Standard Time
Tasmania Standard Time\Dynamic DST
Tokyo Standard Time
Tonga Standard Time
Turkey Standard Time
Turkey Standard Time\Dynamic DST
Ulaanbaatar Standard Time
US Eastern Standard Time
US Eastern Standard Time\Dynamic DST
US Mountain Standard Time
UTC
UTC+12
UTC-02
UTC-11
Venezuela Standard Time
Venezuela Standard Time\Dynamic DST
Vladivostok Standard Time
Vladivostok Standard Time\Dynamic DST
W. Australia Standard Time
W. Australia Standard Time\Dynamic DST
W. Central Africa Standard Time
W. Europe Standard Time
West Asia Standard Time
West Pacific Standard Time
Yakutsk Standard Time
Yakutsk Standard Time\Dynamic DST


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