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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
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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.

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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
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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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