We have upgraded from SP 2010 to SP 2013 & everything works fine except one issue.

we are not able to modify existing approval workflows to change the approvers, when we select the existing 2010 workflow from workflow settings page, it opens the workflow page to change the settings but no workflow template selected & if we still try to click on next it gives message "please select a workflow template".

I don't understand why workflow template is unselected ? all the workflow features are already activated & I don't want to reactivate the workflow features because there are in-progress workflows and I don't want to loose them.

Please let me know if anyone has any idea how to fix this.

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It's been long time, but just wanted post temporary workaround I had.

Use IE developer tools to change a workflow templates list attribute (remove ”disabled” attribute), this will enabled the selection of workflow template & will allow us to access the second page and make the alterations necessary.


You need to do some changes and republish the workflow.

  • It is out of the box approval workflow, how could I make changes and republish? Aug 26, 2016 at 12:57

I had a similar issue where I enabled out of the box workflows on a site, I opened document approval workflow in SPD and tried to associate it to a list. It was opening the browser and after clicking next it was saying 'please select a template'.

I then published the workflow in SPD and it worked.

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