I'm a newbie in Sharepoint. Now I'm working in a company which has Sharepoint 2010 systems I want to create a content approval workflow. For the beginning, I was trying to create content approval only (without workflow) But when I click the item and choose approve, It failed to update approval status No matter how much I try to approve it, item status remains pending.

I thought the problem is because "Workflow can use app permission" features has been inactive, but when I check it, there is no that features on my Site features lists.

my site features lists

I have 2 problems here.

  1. I can not update my content approval status, even I tried it manually
  2. There is no "Workflow can use app permission" on site features lists

If someone know about the reason and solution to my problems, I would be very grateful Thank you very much

  • Is it ootb approval workflow or custom approval workflow?
    – Jinxed
    Commented Nov 17, 2014 at 6:50
  • @Jinxed it is ootb
    – dasmier
    Commented Nov 17, 2014 at 9:00

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Try the following:

  • Deactivate and reactivate two Site Collection features: Workflows and Publishing Approval Workflow.
  • Grant Edit access to the specific task list for the workflow to the affected user.
  • I already did your solutions. But it didn't work.
    – dasmier
    Commented Nov 18, 2014 at 1:45
  • Thank you for your assistance. I found this article sharepoint-for-real.blogspot.com/2014/06/…. My custom lists are associated with a content type. Is this the reason why I can change the approval status, although I did it manually by clicking approve/reject button on the ribbon? I'm really confuse now
    – dasmier
    Commented Nov 18, 2014 at 2:02
  • UPDATE! It worked. For first minute, I thought it failed. But after a hour, I tried again and it work now. Thank you very much sir..
    – dasmier
    Commented Nov 18, 2014 at 3:42

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