Why does SharePoint create a 'Workflow Users' group automatically? I've noticed that this group doesn't appear when any workflow is created, it's only created when a specific type of workflow is created. Does anyone know what circumstances triggers this group to be created by SharePoint?

  • What happens if I delete those groups?
    – user45432
    Commented Aug 26, 2015 at 15:13

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A little bit of google-fu gave me the answer:

We discovered that the cause is the 'Add Permissions' action in SharePoint designer. It does this to ensure users have 'Limited Access' permissions to the parent library, site, etc.


  • Do you know how 'Add Permissions' action is activated? What Condition / Action? As 'Add permission' is not a default action in SharePoint designer.
    – Haz
    Commented May 1, 2014 at 11:12
  • 'Add Permissions' is a Standard Action. It is only available inside a 'User-Impersonation Step'
    – user51825
    Commented Mar 1, 2016 at 7:40

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