I am new to using workflows in SharePoint 2010, and am wondering how to create a serial workflow from scratch in SharePoint Designer (SPD) 2010. I have a client that would like an approval workflow created for his executives' approval documents, and I do not know where to begin. I have made large "auto-populate" workflows in SPD 2010 before but do not know what I am doing with approval workflows. The part I am still stumped on is how to create the automatic e-mails to folks as soon as it has been created, approved or rejected by the previous individual. Scouring the internet has not provided the black and white that I need.

Any assistance is very much appreciated!

  • Trying looking at the "Start Approval Workflow" action for 2010. – Erin L Jul 28 '16 at 19:29

Regarding Approval workflow , it already exists as built in and no need to create it using SharePoint Designer else you have special requirements

To create approval workflow on library or list

  • Open List from the above ribbon > click on list Tab > click workflow > add workflow >

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  • Select Publishing workflow

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  • Check when the workflow will start on item added or updated.

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  • Set your approvals as serial

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If you have special requirment and you want to do it from scratch , you should check this to create it from scratch in SharePoint designer

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  • Dear @Mumford451 I am also here if you need more clarification – Mohamed El-Qassas MVP Jul 28 '16 at 19:32
  • I am still new to StackExchange but I have seen your name all over these SharePoint questions. Thank you for your answer, I should have clarified further. The reason I would like to learn how to build them from scratch is because my client does have a multitude of special requirements. I appreciate the info and help! – Mumford451 Jul 28 '16 at 19:36
  • check this to create it from scratch in SharePoint designer and if you need any help I am here :) youtube.com/watch?v=wfGDBzQvAwI plexhosted.com/billing/knowledgebase/226/… – Mohamed El-Qassas MVP Jul 28 '16 at 19:39
  • Thank you again @M.Qassas I was unable to vote it useful because I am new BUT I will take all of this information and mark it as answered. – Mumford451 Jul 28 '16 at 19:45

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