I recently found many Workflows that are configured in our SharePoint site , under different lists and libraries, which can be seen in both the SharePoint site, under the list settings > workflow settings. And also on viewing that configured list in SharePoint designer , It is shown as the workflow associated with the list.

But this workflow could not be found under Site Objects > Workflows in the SP designer.

Can anyone tell me why this happens? And is there a way to retrieve it back so that I would be able to edit it or use it else where.

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    – Hardik
    May 26, 2016 at 12:33

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I am guessing you have to recreate it... SPD WFs which are not reusable are bound to the list using the "WorkflowAssociation" property in the Object Model. Maybe there is a way to read out this association and attach it to a new list.

It may be easier to just recreate it :)

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