For a document library I want to make an approval workflow.

In the document library settings I have enabled document approval under versioning. I do see the approval status column in the list.

Then I wanted to attach a workflow to the library. So I went to 'Add a workflow'. First problem I don't see the standard 'Approval Workflow' in my options to choose from (text is in Dutch).

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I went to Sharepoint Designer and made a workflow.

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Translation of the text in Sharepoint Designer: start the proces Approval (2) for the content of this documentset with the users that are given in Currentitem:madeby

This workflow gives an error when executed. No specific error, just 'An error occurred in Approval'.

The Workflow is only executed manually.

What am I doing wrong? Why can't I see the standard SP approval workflow and why isn't the standard approval workflow made in Sharepoint Designer not working?

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If you want to see standard SharePoint OOTB Approval Workflow then you need to activate "Workflows" feature at Site collection level.

Below are the steps for activate this feature.

Site Settings --> Site collection features(Under Site Collection Administration) --> Workflows

Activate it and then check.

  • Hi Sam, I know what you mean, I checked it in a demo installation of Office 365 and see the option there. Our Sharepoint environment is in Dutch and I can't seem to find it there: imgur.com/3d1Jcrh Oh, by the way, the live environment is on a team-website. Does that matter?
    – Bas
    Commented Jan 31, 2017 at 10:21
  • Have you find "werkstrooms" in Site collection feature? Commented Jan 31, 2017 at 10:24
  • I got it! But why don't I see an approve/reject button? imgur.com/a/XCMV1
    – Bas
    Commented Jan 31, 2017 at 10:38
  • Have you see edit button in top left corner of window? Commented Jan 31, 2017 at 10:39
  • You mean inside Word application?
    – Bas
    Commented Jan 31, 2017 at 10:41

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