I want to archive a large list (list 1), therefore i saved template of that list without content and renamed it (list 2) and created brand new empty list off that template. Now i am using if statement to compare status of the list item(list 1) as closed. if the condition is met i am copying list item into List 2 and pausing the workflow for 1 minute and delete that item of the list 1.

i have set the workflow to fire off manually.

I have about 5000 items on the list, I cant sit all day and trigger workflow off each item manually. Is there a way i can use this workflow to go across all items on the list and do its job automatically.

Any suggestion would be appreciated.

Thank you

1 Answer 1


You can usePowerShell to run workflow on all items. The Workflow will not start instantly (as opposed to triggering through the UI) but in maximum 5 minutes because it's started through the SharePoint Timer Service.

# URL of the Site
$web = Get-SPWeb -Identity "https://sharepointsrv/site1"

$manager = $web.Site.WorkFlowManager

# Name of the list
$list = $web.Lists["Shared Documents"]

# Name of the Workflow
$assoc = $list.WorkflowAssociations.GetAssociationByName("On Item Created","en-US")

$data = $assoc.AssociationData
$items = $list.Items
foreach($item in $items)
 $wf = $manager.StartWorkFlow($item,$assoc,$data,$true)




  • thank you for your response, What items needs to be changed in the powershell for my workflow lets call it( Aanchal) to trigger automatically. Commented Sep 23, 2014 at 15:39
  • I am not able to understand your query.
    – Aanchal
    Commented Sep 23, 2014 at 15:41
  • What do i need to change in above powershell for it to work on my case. Commented Sep 23, 2014 at 15:43
  • Changr site url, document library name and workflow name. Do test it on dev server before running this on prod
    – Aanchal
    Commented Sep 23, 2014 at 15:45
  • Do i need to change the settings to actual workflow which is currently set to trigger manually? Commented Sep 23, 2014 at 15:52

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