Missing Approval Workflow Option in SharePoint 2013 (but see all other workflows?)

Using my MSDN Developer liscense, I signed up for Office 365 to do some SharePoint development. However, when I tried to add the Approval Workflow to a list, I didn't see it. Google showed me how to add workflows in the Sites Settings >> Site Administration >> Worflow Settings section.

Unfortunately, after activating the workflows in that section, I still do not see the Approval Workflow.

All I see are:

  • Collect Feeback - SP 2010
  • Collect Signatures - SP 2010
  • Disposition Approval
  • Three State

I saw online that some people suggested deactivating the workflows in Site Administration and reactivating them, but I don't seem to have a way to do that.

May 21st, 2015 7:40pm


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May 21st, 2015 11:13pm


According to your description, my understanding is that you can't find the approval workflow when adding a workflow in list settings.

In my Office 365 environment, when I enabled the feature "Workflows" in site settings-> Site Collection Features, then the approval workflow can be found .

I suggest you can deactivate the feature and then reactivate the feature to test if it works.

If the issue still exists, I suggest you can create a new site collection and activate the feature to test if it works.


Best Regards

May 26th, 2015 8:22am

Hm...this may be a permissions issue owing to my developer version of Office 365.

I don't seem to be able to Activate or Deactivate Workflows on the Features page.

The only Workflow Options I see are:

  • Workflow Task Content Type
    Adds the SharePoint 2013 Workflow Task content type to the site.

  • Workflows can use app permissions
    Allow workflows to read from and to write to all items in this site.

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May 26th, 2015 6:33pm


You can try to create a new site collection and make sure the "Workflows" feature is activated in Site Settings -> Site Collection Features


Best Regards

May 28th, 2015 10:56pm

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