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Creating a Workflow Initiation Form for Approvals

In SharePoint Designer workflows that are manually started, the initiation form is the page that has the “Start” button to kick off the workflow.  In this 11 minute video, I show how to create an approval workflow that can be manually triggered. 

I walk you through:

  • Setting up the workflow so that after the approval process, the content approval status of the document automatically gets updated.
  • Customizing the initiation form in InfoPath, so that the needed approvers may be selected from a people picker, and the colors are modified.
  • Adding a “high priority” check box so that high priority item approvals are due in a more timely fashion than normal.

This solution applies to only the enterprise version of SharePoint and SharePoint online.  This does not include SharePoint Foundation because it uses browser-based forms, which are enterprise only.

How can you learn more?  This solution is actually an excerpt from chapter 10 of our book.


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Hi Laura,

Nice tutorial.  I have yet to dive into SharePoint 2010 but was wondering if all the workflow forms are now InfoPath forms instead of an ASPX page like in 2007.  Or does this only apply if you have form services?  So would it apply to Sharepoint foundation 2010 as well?

 on 5/17/2012 3:52 AM


Hi Brian,
These InfoPath forms as part of the workflow apply to enterprise only.  Foundation uses ASPX pages.
lauraNo presence information on 6/13/2012 10:05 PM


Hi Laura, 

I watched a YouTube video titled “Laura Rogers on InfoPath” ( where you show us a way to keep the approval process for a form inside InfoPath using Views.  Is there a way to get the files you used in that presentation along with more detailed (technical) information?  I’m very interested in how it works, but haven’t been able to replicate it.  Your book “SharePoint 2010 Building Business Solutions with SharePoint” has some great information on Workflows and on InfoPath, but I haven’t been able to figure out how to recreate the InfoPath Approval process using Views.  

Any help is greatly appreciated! 

Thank you, 

 on 6/15/2012 4:49 PM

Ryan Dunn

Awesome video, by far the best I have found on creating workflows. You did a great job understanding how people work and what they need instead of just explaining baseline workflows like every other tutorial.
 on 6/27/2012 11:01 AM


Hi James,
The entire Chapter 9 in my InfoPath book, which is about 70 pages, is dedicated to that exact solution.  Thanks!

Thanks so much, I really appreciate it!
lauraNo presence information on 6/27/2012 10:08 PM
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