Workflow to create word document from list - Document is always empty/blank

I've been fighting with several workflows which are supposed to create a word document based within a document library, all based on a list. I've followed many guides (here is one,, but the end product is always a bare empty word document. The library does populate the columns correctly, but it appears as though the document template I am editing is not the correct one being populated by the workflow.  Any advice is greatly appreciated.

I'm using SharePoint 2013, and Designer 2013.



February 20th, 2014 6:52pm

Hi Elias ,

For my test , If using SharePoint  2013 Workflow, I encounter the same issue. But If using SharePoint 2010 Workflow, the issue gone. It seems that the issue only happen when we use SharePoint 2013 Workflow.

So for your issue, you can create a SharePoint 2010 Workflow in your list.

Reference for  the Path and Name syntax in SharePoint 2010 Workflow Create List Item Action:

Best Regards,


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February 21st, 2014 11:13am

Does it mean that there's a bug in SharePoint 2013 workflow?
May 13th, 2015 11:58pm

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