I would like to modify a single list item, but I don't want the workflow to run, nor do I want to pause workflow for the entire list.

How can I temporarily disable workflow on a specific list item, make some changes, and then re-enable workflow on it?


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You can get SPListItem via powershell, set property and update item without firing event, see example below:

#Add SharePoint PowerShell SnapIn if not already added
 if ((Get-PSSnapin "Microsoft.SharePoint.PowerShell" -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue) -eq $null) {
    Add-PSSnapin "Microsoft.SharePoint.PowerShell"
$web  = Get-SPWeb "http://dev2"
$list = $web.Lists["MyList"]
$item = $list.Items.GetItemById(1)

$assembly = [Reflection.Assembly]::LoadWithPartialName("Microsoft.SharePoint");
$type = $assembly.GetType("Microsoft.SharePoint.SPEventManager");
$prop = $type.GetProperty([string]"EventFiringDisabled",[System.Reflection.BindingFlags] ([System.Reflection.BindingFlags]::NonPublic -bor [System.Reflection.BindingFlags]::Static));

$prop.SetValue($null, $true, $null); #Disable event firing

$item["Title"] = "Changed withou firing events"

$prop.SetValue($null, $false, $null);#Enable event firing
  • You should always wrap it into a tra/catch.
    – Emaborsa
    Commented Jun 28, 2017 at 9:16

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