Activate out-of-the-box Workflow2010 for Document library in Project Site

In PWA Project Site sometime the out-of-the-box Workflow 2010 (WF2010) for document approval is not enabled by default (as below).

And when you try to enable it from the site collection feature, you could get an error message.

The solution:

  1. Navigate to Site Settings >> Manage site collection features
  2. Find and activate the workflows site collection feature
    Aggregated set of out-of-box workflow features provided by SharePoint
  3. If you find that the feature is already activated, then you need to deactivate it and then reactivate it again.

When you try to reactivate this feature, you may get the below error message
A list, survey, discussion board, or document library with the specified title already exists in this Web site. Please choose another title

To resolve this issue:

  1. Open SharePoint designer2013
  2. Connect to your PWA site
  3. Go to “All Files” >> _catalogs
  4. Find the folder “wfpub” and rename it
  5. Go to the PWA URL
  6. Navigate to Site Settings >> Manage site collection features
  7. Activate the workflow feature “Aggregated set of out-of-the-box workflow features provided by SharePoint”

This should now resolve the issue.

Bill Allars

Bill Allars

Bill is a Business Development Manager with 20+ of experience in Project and Portfolio Management, Project Administration, Risk Management and Process Redevelopment.

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