May I know if it is possible to create workflow in the 1st list that control items in the 2nd List?

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    What kind of workflow? Visual Studio, SharePoint Designer, Nintex. Please elaborate. Also, what do you mean with 'control items'? Sep 9, 2011 at 7:35
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    It can, your question is overly broad so it's difficult to answer with anything other than Yes. Can you define the process a bit more? Sep 9, 2011 at 12:10
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    Ok, a bit of details. I am actually doing a workflow in both SharePoint Designer 2007 and Visual Studio 2008. I need a workflow, which is currently assigned to the 1st List to move a item from the 2nd list to the 1st List. From what I know, Workflow can only be assigned to a single list and it can only control items ('e.g. moving item from this list to another) - do let me know if I have know wrongly.) I was also thinking of having the 1st list workflow to modify values of items in the 2nd list too (This is part of the 'control items' operations)
    – Wilson Tan
    Sep 12, 2011 at 1:03
  • Actually, I am looking for something similar. I posted a question (sharepoint.stackexchange.com/questions/19960/…) that you can have a look but not exactly the same question as yours cause I am not moving any items from one List to another. Sep 22, 2011 at 8:38

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You can also have a Designer workflow which can be configured on one list so that when items are added or modified you can handle another list easily using actions "Create list item", "Update list item".


This can be done with help of an event receiver along with (or instead of) a workflow. You can refer to my article here http://www.dotnetcurry.com/ShowArticle.aspx?ID=649

Use the workflow to handle task/approval routing. Use event receiver to move data.

In the above article I have used the event receiver to move custom content types, you could use it with modifications to deal with lists.

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