I have a very simple workflow set on a list that does the following:

A) If ColumnName:Random equals Approved, Copy item in Current Item to CopiedList

That's it.

If a choice column named 'Random' has a value of 'Approved', copy the list item to another list.

Only problem is the copy randomly copies duplicate copies. I have the workflow settings> start options set to 'Start workflow automatically when an item is changed'.

Does anyone know why this happens?

  • I think you need to give more information on how the workflow looks like. Anyway, you can put Log actions before/after each suspect workflow action, that will give you some idea on how many times an action executes.
    – Jony
    Feb 28, 2012 at 1:40
  • can you explain what you mean by duplicate copies? Is it that it copies multiple copies of the same item or does it take a copy of a different item? And how does the column 'Random' gets the value 'Approved'. Is it from another workflow. Or is it an update done directly to the list item?
    – Deepu Nair
    Feb 28, 2012 at 5:54
  • The list has only one column (besides Title) and it's called 'Random'. It's a choice column, and the only two values are 'Approved' and 'Rejected'. It's not pulling any values from anywhere else. So if I have an item created and then go back and change the value to 'Approved', it should copy it to another list, but it copies the list item twice.
    – Psdpainter
    Feb 28, 2012 at 15:10

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I've tested this a lot and this seems to be an issue with workflows that are set to autostart. I discovered that if I set the workflow to pause for 1 minute as the first step, it doesn't create multiple copies

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