I'm creating a simple workflow in Visual Studio: enter image description here

I can deploy it, and it works. I then try to open it with SharePoint designer: enter image description here However, the steps/activities/stages are missing. How come I'm not seeing the sequence I've created in Visual Studio in the designer? Shouldn't I see at least an IF statement?

Additionally, it does not work when I try it vice versa. Steps I took:

  1. Created a simple workflow in sharepoint designer.
  2. Opened Visual Studio and attempted to "Import a SharePoint 2013 project" because somehow, you can only import SharePoint 2010 reusable workflows, not SharePoint 2013 reusable workflows.enter image description here
  3. Visual Studio fails to open it. enter image description here

I can't even find anything relevant on Google. This seems like a huge omission to me. Tutorials such as this one on MSDN explain how to import a SharePoint 2010 workflow into Visual Studio 2012. Not a Sharepoint 2013 into Visual Studio 2012. Can anyone explain what's going on?


The workflow activities/actions are in separate assemblies, and each tool references a different one.

I have some tips on my site (http://www.schaeflein.net/setting-workflow-status-in-visual-studio-and-sharepoint-designer/) about referencing the SPD actions in VS. However, making changes to the SPD workflow in VS is not something that is advertised as an option.

I have successfully included an SPD workflow in a Sandboxed solution, but I did not make changes.

  • Do you know of any way to convert List workflow (SP2013) from SPD to a visual studio workflow? – Ofer Gal May 17 '18 at 15:46
  • I tried a long time ago, and determined it is not possible. – Paul Schaeflein May 18 '18 at 16:17

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