SharePoint 2013. SharePoint Designer 2013 (version 15.0.4849.1000).

When creating a 2013 Workflow in SharePoint Designer, the condition "The File Type is a Specific Type" is not in the list of available conditions.

From what I have read, this condition should be an available option when creating a workflow but I don't see it. I haven't been able to figure out why.

I have confirmed I have the most up to date version of SharePoint Designer 2013. I tried clearing the SharePoint Designer Cache. I tried preventing SharePoint Designer from using the cache. I have tried creating workflows from different lists including a Documents library and a Drop Off Library among others.

I reviewed information from these pages among others:

Condition and action missing from Workflows in SharePoint designer 2010


On the server, I noticed that the WSS.ACTIONS file (in C:\Program Files\Common Files\microsoft shared\Web Server Extensions\15\TEMPLATE\1033\Workflow) has a condition with the name "The file type is a specific type" and that the workflow15 file in the same folder does NOT have this condition (but it appears to have other conditions).

Could this be a problem with the workflow15 file? Or can anyone think of any suggestions to try?

I'm most grateful for any thoughts or guidance anyone can provide. Thank you!

1 Answer 1


The file type is a specific type conditions is only available in SharePoint 2010 platform workflow.

The file type is a specific type conditions is available only when your workflow is associated with the Document content type, a child of the Document content type, or a library.



  • I just tried creating the workflow as a 2010 workflow instead of 2013 and sure enough the option was there. Thanks, Lisa!
    – Lothar
    Commented Jun 24, 2020 at 13:28

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