I have a workflow that I created using the 2013 platform on SharePoint Designer. It was suggested to be to create another workflow to perform email notifications and add it in to check a field to see if it is filled.

I have only used the interop bridge to run a 2010 workflow on the 2013 platform and this was successful. When I go to insert the 2013 workflow, I add the action "Start a List Workflow" and the only option I get is for 2010. (See image)

Start a List Workflow

Am I missing a component or is it possible to run a 2013 workflow within another 2013 workflow???

I am using SharePoint Online, so the Workflow Manager should already be configured.

(Added snippet of current parallel block with "on change" action) enter image description here


The "Start a List Workflow" and "Start a Site Workflow" is specific to the SharePoint 2010 engine, not SharePoint 2013. Take a look here: https://dev.office.com/sharepoint/docs/general-development/workflow-actions-quick-reference-sharepoint-workflow-platform

If you need to trigger another SharePoint 2013 workflow, I suggest you have another workflow tied to "On Change" and have that workflow look for a specific column that the first workflow updates (and is possibly hidden from the user).

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  • That's what I was thinking, so thanks for confirming it. I have added a screen capture of one part of my workflow where I use a parallel block with a "wait for change in field". The email notification part would need to check to see if the field was completed after a couple of days, and if not, send an email. The current parallel block simply looks to see if it is "Approved" or "Rejected" and then proceeds from there. – cbbrown Jun 5 '17 at 17:54
  • Is that a different question? – Mike Jun 5 '17 at 19:06
  • Maybe. LOL. I'm trying not to confuse myself, much less you. I guess I was saying and showing you what I did above to show you that the workflow is already waiting for a change in the item. I want the email notification to only happen if the field is left unanswered 5 days after its assigned. But I don't want it to totally hold up the workflow. Does that make sense? I'm trying to figure out if this is doable. – cbbrown Jun 5 '17 at 19:47
  • Add another Step that uses the action Pause until 5 days – Mike Jun 5 '17 at 20:03
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    not if it's running in parallel with the 2 steps, but since it's not approved or rejected, you will have to handle what to do after a 5 day unanswered mark. – Mike Jun 5 '17 at 20:15

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