Create Workflow in Visual Designer View
A SharePoint Online tutorial by Peter Kalmström
Designer 2013 has a new design view for SharePoint 2013 workflows. It is called
Visual Designer, and here you can create a workflow by dragging shapes to
a design surface. In the demo below Peter Kalmström, CEO and Systems Designer
of kalmstrom.com Business Solutions, explains how to use the Visual Designer
In the previous demo Peter showed
how to create a SharePoint
2013 workflow in the Text Editor view and pointed out the differences
to the SharePoint 2010 workflow. One of these differences is that the SharePoint
2013 workflow has the Visual Designer view, while the SharePoint 2010 workflow
only has the Text Based view.
If you are not used to reading code, the Visual Designer view is easier to
understand and explain than the Text-Based Designer:
- You can write your own text in the Visual Designer shapes.
- The Visual Designer gives a picture that describes the conditions and
In the demo below Peter creates the same SharePoint 2013 workflow, but now
he used the new Visual Designer view You must have Visio Professional 2013
installed on the same PC as SharePoint Designer 2013 to use the new view.
Create a SharePoint 2013 workflow in the Visual Designer view
- Start Visio.
- Open SharePoint Designer.
- In SharePoint Designer, open the site that has the list you want to send
- Open the Summary page for the list.
- At Workflows, click on the New button.
- Give the new workflow a Name and a Description and select the Platform
Type, SharePoint 2013 workflow. Click OK.
- Click on the View button in the ribbon and select Visual Designer. Visio
will now open inside SharePoint Designer.
- Under Shapes in the left panel, click on Conditions and then drag the
shape 'If any value equals value' to the design surface as the first stage.
- Click on the gearwheel icon and select Value.
- Select Assigned To and then High.
- Under Shapes in the left panel, click on Actions and then drag the shape
'Send an email' to the desigh surface and place it after the first shape
- Click on the gearwheel icon and select Email.
- Click on 'these users' and select Workflow Lookup for a User.
- Click on Add and select the 'Field from source' Assigned To and the 'Return
field as' Email Address. Click OK
- Enter a subject for the e-mail to be sent and add the body text you wish
to use. Peter just adds a link to the list. Click OK.
- To connect the Condition shape and the Action shape, right click on the
connector between them and select Yes.
- Select the Condition shape to show the Connector tool in the ribbon and
create another connection from the Condition to the end of the workflow.
Right click on the connector and select No.
- Set the start options you wish to use under Start Options in the Workflow
- Publish the workflow.