SharePoint Workflow

The SharePoint workflow depends on the version of SharePoint you are using and the features you have activated in a template. While you have basic workflows coming with SharePoint Foundation you will have more workflows coming with SharePoint Server. Both can be enhanced using workflow authoring tools.

Topics covered in this article:

  • SharePoint 2010

SharePoint 2010

Workflows are right away available in SharePoint 2010 and new workflows can be added with workflow authoring tools. Workflows can be associated with the following SharePoint items:

  • Lists
  • Libraries
  • Content Types
  • Sites (only Visual Studio created workflows can be associated with sites)

You need to be a member of the site owners group or at least have full control permission on a list or library.

SharePoint Workflows

The following workflows are available with SharePoint 2010:

  • Three-state (only available out-of-the-box workflow in SharePoint Foundation 2010)
  • Approval
  • Collect Feedback
  • Collect Signatures
  • Disposition Approval
  • Issue Tracking
  • Translation Management

Please take a look at the workflow overview in the resources section below.

Workflow authoring tools

Depending on your needs you have the following tools available to create new SharePoint workflows:

  1. SharePoint Designer 2010
  2. Visio 2010
  3. Visual Studio 2010


SharePoint workflows are available from the start for basic tasks and can be enhanced with custom workflows using workflow authoring tools like SharePoint Designer or Visual Studio.

It depends on the things you need to do which authoring tool you should use.

Need more SharePoint Designer resources? Please take a look at SharePoint Designer.


Here are workflow resources covering important topics: