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I would like to get access to the current user first name, so be able to insert into an email.

I have found that

[%Workflow Context:Current User%]

will insert the full name of the logged in user (LAST FIRST MI in my case).

Is there a way to get the first name of the user somehow?

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  1. Select "Add or Change Lookup"
  2. Select "User Profiles" under Data Source
  3. Select "First Name" under Field From Source
  4. Select the default "Field:" option
  5. Press the fX button
  6. Select "Workflow Context" and "Current User"

Hit Ok and you should see something like [%User Profiles:First name%] appear which represents the first name of the current user.

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This is also assuming that Enderland is using SharePoint Server not Foundation. User Profiles may not be available with SharePoint Foundation.

Have you looked into SPD workflow add-ins like SPDActivities (http://spdactivities.codeplex.com/)?

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Seeing that Enderland asked and answered the question, it can be safely assumed that UPS is available. –  teylyn Mar 6 '13 at 8:38
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