I have created a global workflow and added it to a SP 2010 site as a solution (which I have activated), but when I go to apply this workflow to my list/library the new workflow template is not in the list of possible workflows that I can select from.

Once I have added a workflow as a Solution to a site, how do I apply it to the list that I want to run the workflow against?



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Assuming you follow the procedure and created a "Globally Reusable Workflow" and not just a "Reusable Workflow" (just to be sure - have a look at the procedure here http://www.codeproject.com/Articles/70867/Reusable-and-Globally-Reusable-Workflows-in-ShareP) in addition to ensure in Site Collection is activated also open the Top-Level site via SharePoint 2010 Designer and under the Workflows node you should see in the Category "Globally Reusable Workflows" along with others (might depend according to your settings), such as Approval, Collect Feedback, etc.

  • Is the Site Collection another feature/solution that needs to be activated. In the work enviroment I'm in I can't use SharePoint designer to look at anything except MySite, so I can't see the main site in SP Designer.
    – stevo
    Feb 18, 2013 at 12:00
  • you should at least see it at the Site Collection Features level Feb 18, 2013 at 12:04
  • I've looked at the Site Collection Features level and my workflow is not in this list. Not sure if the administrator for the main site has blocked this
    – stevo
    Feb 18, 2013 at 13:34
  • "Blocking it" - practically means not deployed the .wsp package Feb 18, 2013 at 16:13

Site Actions -> Site Settings -> Under Site Actions Group click Manage Site Features -> Then activate that workflow

  • OK, I've done that, but my workflow is still not accessible as a template in the workflow page, when I'm trying to setup a new workflow? Is there another step I need to do?
    – stevo
    Feb 18, 2013 at 11:54
  • Activate your solution in the top-level site through a sharepoint administrator account, and then activating that feature on your site which i think is what you've done already... so the first step you havent done yet.... i think :)\
    – JYR
    Feb 18, 2013 at 12:04

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