I have a SharePoint online list with approval mechanism set through Power Automate.

Now While executing the "Update Item" action I am getting below error:

The query cannot be completed because the number of lookup columns it contains exceeds the lookup column threshold.

Within the update item action I am trying to update few fields and the list does not have any lookup column in it.

Please help me to resolve this.

  • Columns of type "Person and Group" are also treated as lookup columns, so if you have multiple columns like that, that could cause this issue. Commented Feb 18, 2021 at 9:18

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The Lookup columns are:

  1. Lookup
  2. Managed metadata (single and multi-value)
  3. People and group (single and multi-value)
  4. Workflow status
  5. Created by (people and group)
  6. Modified by (people and group)

As a workaround, when using an action to collect data from a SharePoint list you can limit the gathered columns by selecting a view with the required columns (less than 12 lookup columns) in the action.

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