We have Sharepoint 2010 and MS Word 2007.

I have the three default workflows (Collect Feedback, Approval, Collect Signatures) associated with a content type based on the document content type.

When I want to start a workflow, Sharepoint says there are no workflows available to start on this item.

  • Can you verify that your workflows are added to specific content type? See this Commented Sep 28, 2011 at 12:00
  • Yes, I have. Does a workflow have to be associated with both the library and the content type, or is an association with the content type enough?
    – Geoffrey
    Commented Sep 28, 2011 at 12:45
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    Association with the content type is enough. Are you sure your item content type is the same as one you associated workflow with? I did quick test and I don't see any possible issues so there is most likely some simple mistake here. Commented Sep 28, 2011 at 12:51
  • @Vedran, It is associated with the same content type, because if I make changes to the template attached to the content type, those changes appear in new documents based on that content type. Those new documents then still do not have any workflows available.
    – Geoffrey
    Commented Sep 28, 2011 at 14:19

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The reason was that the three default workflows were disallowed on the Remove Workflows page. I merely allowed them again. Everything is fine now.

You get to the Remove Workflows page by going to the relevant document library, clicking Workflow Settings, selecting the applicable content type and then clicking the "Remove a workflow link".


check this , it may help, It's not the same but could give you an idea. http://spreza.blogspot.com.au/2013/05/reusable-workflow-which-is-associated.html

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    So not really an answer, then, just a link to your blog ;-). Seriously, you should only use Answer for actual answers to the question, and we require disclosure of any affiliation with products or websites. Please see May I promote products or websites I am affiliated with here? for guidelines.
    – SPDoctor
    Commented May 23, 2013 at 18:29

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