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SharePoint Designer 2013: Create a List Workflow in SharePoint 2013 Online

Updated: Mar 18, 2019

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  • You can either start with a free 30-day trial, or buy an Office 365 developer subscription (with one user license for either option) using one of the following links. This subscription costs $99.00 per year.

Install SharePoint Designer 2013

SharePoint Designer 2013 is a free download. To download and install SharePoint Designer 2013 use the following procedure.

To install SharePoint Designer 2013

  • Open your web browser and navigate to the Microsoft Download Center.

  • Click on the Download button.

  • Select your platform type: 64-bit (x64) or 32-bit (x86). Click on the Next button.

  • Follow the instructions to install SharePoint Designer 2013.

The following is the procedure to connect to a SharePoint Online site in SharePoint Designer 2013.

  • Open SharePoint Designer 2013. Click on Open Site.

  • Enter the site URL and then click on the Open button.

  • Enter your credentials, if prompted. Be sure to use credentials that have access to the SharePoint 2013 site.

  • The site is opened successfully in the SharePoint Designer 2013.

The following is the procedure to create a list workflow using SharePoint Designer 2013.

  • Click on the Workflows link in the Navigation Pane.

  • Click on the List Workflow button in the interface and then click on the list to which the workflow should be added.

  • Enter the Name and Description for the workflow.

  • Select SharePoint 2013 as a platform type.

  • Click on the Ok button.

  • Click on Transition to stage and then click on the Action button in the ribbon interface.

  • Click on Go to a stage.

  • Select End of Workflow.

  • Click on the Publish button in the interface.

  • The workflow will be saved and published to the SharePoint 2013 list.

The following is the procedure to test the workflow.

  • Navigate to the Office 365 developer site.

  • Navigate to the SharePoint list to which the workflow is added.

  • Click on the List tab and then click on Workflow Settings.

  • You will see that the workflow was added to the list successfully.

  • Navigate to the list and select an item.

  • Click on Advanced and then click on Workflows in the ECB menu.

  • Click on List Workflow.

  • After a few minutes the workflow is completed successfully as shown below. (Note: I have not added any actions to this workflow, it was created to simply show the procedure for creating a list workflow.)


Thus in this article you saw how to create a list workflow in SharePoint 2013 Online.



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