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Start this workflow to approve publishing a major version

  Asked By: Melanie    Date: May 31    Category: Sharepoint    Views: 20159

I've created an Approval workflow that should automatically start
when a user publishes a major version of a document in a library. The
workflow starts no problem when the user Publishes the document from
the site - so when they click Publish Major, it takes them to the page
to choose approvers.

The problem is that when they check in and choose major version
directly from Office 07. It checks the document in but doesn't start
the workflow, it just sets the Approval Status to pending, therefore
assigning the approval task to anyone with approval rights (without

Anyone run into this problem before? I'm trying to make this is easy as
possible for the Document Author. And would rather not require them to
have to go to the web to do it.



3 Answers Found

Answer #1    Answered By: Bernice Puckett     Answered On: May 31

The problem  is that you don't normally get the Initiation Screen (where to pick
approvers) if you start  the workflow  automatically. If you want them to be able
to change from the default approvers  from Office you have to start the workflow
manually. You can do this from Office 07 Workflow menu.

Answer #2    Answered By: Mackenzie Lewis     Answered On: May 31

So I went ahead and changed the settings for that workflow  to be able
to be manually started (leaving 'Start this workflow to approve

And at that point when the user  checks in a major  version from Office
07, it automatically  starts the Approval workflow, without them
having to manually choose  it.

Answer #3    Answered By: Kurt Gilbert     Answered On: May 31

Interesting workaround, but if it works then I was indeed only half right.
Normally, the Initiation form only shows when workflows are started manually
since you aren't guaranteed to have a context to show the form in when started
automatically. Interesting that in this instance it works. I'm glad it does,
but really didn't expect it to.

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