Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Viewing the Workflow History List

When you create a Workflow in SharePoint 2013, you must always associate it with a Workflow History List.

The Workflow History List is particularly important because actions logged in a SharePoint Workflow will be logged to the Workflow History List.

Particularly for SharePoint Designer Workflows, reviewing and examining the Workflow History list is very useful for debugging and troubleshooting issues with the workflow.

Normally, you can view the Workflow History by examining an individual workflow in SharePoint 2013.

However, going back and forth between individual workflow items can be rather tedious and time consuming.  So, fortunately, you can simply make the Workflow History available to view all the time directly from the Quick Launch menu while you are testing and debugging your Workflows.

  1. Open up SharePoint Designer
  2. Navigate to Lists and Libraries in the left hand navigation menu
  3. Click on the name of the Workflow History List
  4. You will now be able to view the settings for the Workflow History List
  5. Beneath the Settings section, select the option for ""Display this list on the Quick Launch"
  6. Now you will be able to readily click on and view the Workflow History directly from the SharePoint Quick Launch menu!

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