How To Create Reusable Workflows In Sharepoint 2010

Creating reusable workflows in Sharepoint 2010 can greatly enhance the efficiency and streamline operations of your organization. Follow these steps to master the process.

To create reusable workflows in SharePoint 2010, there are a few methods you can use. One option is to import reusable workflows created in SharePoint Designer into Visual Studio by using the Import Reusable SharePoint 2010 Workflow project template. This template converts the workflow into a code workflow that can be enhanced with Visual Basic or Visual C# code. However, it can only import farm solutions and cannot be converted into a sandboxed solution.

When importing reusable workflows, you may need to manually fix certain items, such as task forms. The Import Reusable SharePoint 2010 Workflow project template imports all initiation and association forms, but only one task form. Additional task forms are placed in the Other Imported Files folder in Solution Explorer.

Globally reusable workflows cannot be imported directly using the Import Reusable SharePoint 2010 Workflow template. To import a globally reusable workflow, you can either convert it into a non-globally reusable workflow using SharePoint Designer, or you can use the Import SharePoint 2010 Solution Package template.

Once imported, you can run or modify the workflow like any other Visual Studio SharePoint solution. However, if you make changes to the workflow in the imported solution, you may need to manually fix elements in the project before deploying and running the workflow.

In addition, you can also create reusable workflow templates using Nintex Workflow 2010. These templates can be created for a single site or an entire site collection. To create a reusable workflow template, go to the Site Actions menu, select Nintex Workflow 2010, and choose the appropriate option for creating a reusable workflow template.

To use a reusable workflow template for a content type, go to the workflow settings of the content type and select the desired reusable workflow template. Similarly, for a list or library, go to the workflow settings of the list or library and choose the reusable workflow template.

By following these steps, you can effectively create and use reusable workflows in SharePoint 2010.

Using Nintex Workflow 2010 for Reusable Workflow Templates

Nintex Workflow 2010 provides a user-friendly interface to create and manage reusable workflow templates in Sharepoint 2010. Follow these steps to efficiently implement reusable workflows in your organization.

To begin, go to the Site Actions menu and select Nintex Workflow 2010. From there, choose the appropriate option for creating a reusable workflow template. This will allow you to create a template that can be used across a single site or an entire site collection.

Once you have created the template, you can easily apply it to different content types, lists, or libraries. To do this, go to the workflow settings of the desired content type, list, or library, and select the reusable workflow template you want to use.

By following these simple steps, you can streamline your workflow processes and ensure consistency throughout your organization. Nintex Workflow 2010 makes it easy to create, manage, and reuse workflow templates, allowing you to save time and improve productivity.

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