I'm pretty new to SharePoint 2013. I want to notify people by an email whenever any document is added to the document library. I tried to implement by clicking the Edit in designer link. But it redirects me to other place rather than opening the designer.

Please guide.

  • Please let me know what error text is show when you try opening it in designer. – Mancy Desaee Sep 22 '15 at 11:56
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    Please do not post multiple questions in one post. Instead post each discrete question in a post of its own – Robert Lindgren Sep 22 '15 at 11:57

In order to send a notification email when a new document is uploaded, you can use the out of the box alerts provided by SharePoint. These alerts will send a notification mail to the individual on the event of new item creation in the document library. Use this link to create an alert.


To add to William's comment... When you create a workflow to email several people when a file is added, create a SharePoint Security group and send the email to the group. So... when a new policy document is added... email the "Board of Directors". This way when board members change you don't have to revisit this workflow.

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    Very true, good addition. I didn't even think of that...I think I need to go back and edit a few of my own workflows... – William Smead Sep 22 '15 at 21:00

I agree with the above answer provided by Mancy. In addition to that, if you wanted to add conditional emails to a list or library, you can design a workflow in SPD. If you go to the library and click the Library tab, you can click Workflow Settings, and then Create A Workflow In Sharepoint Designer. This SHOULD redirect you to SharePoint designer, assuming your previous problems don't crop up again.

Here's a link to get you started on workflows, if you haven't made one yet. If your problems opening the library in SPD persist, please attach a screenshot so we can better understand your problem. Thanks!

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