Microsoft SharePoint Designer Workflow
Workflows are now important part of any project. We can develop a Microsoft SharePoint Workflow using the available templates, SharePoint designer and Visual Studio. In this article will mainly focus on workflow creation using Microsoft SharePoint Designer.
- Basic workflow can be implemented by trained users.
- Relatively quick to implement for low complexity workflow.
- No built-in source control.
- Difficult to deploy to other environments.
- Sequential workflow only.
Workflow created in three ways using Microsoft SharePoint designer:
- List workflow
- Reusable workflow
- Site workflow
Note: In this SharePoint for dummies tutorial you will learn simple basic workflow, where current date set in list item through SharePoint designer. I have used SharePoint Designer 2010 for implementation purpose but process will remain same if you use SharePoint Designer 2013.
Step 1: Create a list for SharePoint workflow
- Login with SharePoint site.
- Navigate to Site and Click on “Settings” option and then click on “site contents” option.
- Then click on “add an app” option.
- Select “Custom list” option from the “your app” page. It will be popup for open create custom list.
- Give the proper name and click on Create button.
- These steps will create custom list in site, now you can add multiple columns with different data type in this list.
- Now open create custom list and go through list setting and click on “Create column” option and create multiple column with different data type as per need.
- I have added Current Date and Description filed in this list.
Note: We have created a simple List here but another SharePoint for Dummies article on Multiple Ways to Create a Custom List in Microsoft SharePoint 2013 is already covered here.
Step 2: Create workflow in SharePoint designer
- Open your SharePoint site in SharePoint designer.
- Click on “List and library” option in Navigation section.
- Select “TodaysDate” List and double click on it, it will open list’s properties.
- Now, Click on “List Workflow” in ribbon bar and fill-up workflow information.
- It will open new window for workflow.
- Click on “Local Variables” in ribbon bar.
- It will open local variable window, where you can local add variable.
- Add current date as local variable.
- Now, come on workflow part, write set and just click on search option and select “set Workflow variable”.
- Now, click on “workflow variable” and select “CurrentDate” option from dropdown.
- Now click on value field and set current date option.
- Now select under line option and select.
- Select “set Field in current Item”.
- Now, click on Field item and select “CurrentDate”.
- Now, click on Value filed and click on selected item.it will open one pop-up. You have to select Data source as “Workflow variable and parameters” and Field from source as “current date”.
- Click on workflow settings in ribbon bar.
- Select “Start workflow automatically when an item is created” option. This option our workflow will be automatically start on while any item is adding.
- Now click on Publish button in the ribbon bar. So our workflow will be publish and its ready to use.
Step 3: Microsoft SharePoint Workflow Check
- Open SharePoint site and open TodaysDate custom list.
- Click on new item. It will open popup for entering value. You have to just add Title field’s value and click on save button.
- Now, our workflow will start and it will set current date field’s value and workflow will completed.
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