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Microsoft® Office SharePoint® Designer 2007 Bible by Vikram Kartik

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20.4. Working with Workflow Actions

The list of actions available in Workflow Designer's Workflow Action dialog box by default is a set of predefined activities that are installed with SharePoint on a Web server. Workflow Designer simply provides an interface that helps designers write XAML files. The workflow actions have been designed by keeping in mind the most common operations that designers want to perform on SharePoint list or library items.

Using these workflow actions, you can perform a range of operations, such as creating, copying, and deleting list items; check-in/check-out; discard check-out of list items, perform calculations, send e-mail, perform data-related calculations; delay, pause, or stop workflows; etc. Table 20.1 lists the workflow actions available in Workflow Designer.

Table 20.1. Workflow Designer's Workflow Actions
Workflow ActionDescription of the ActionFunctionality Offered to Workflow
Add Time to DateAdd 0 minutes to date (Output to Variable: date)Allows you to add a specific amount of time in minutes, hours, days, etc., to a date and then store it in a workflow variable
Assign a Form to a GroupAssign a custom form to these usersAllows you to create a special task with custom fields for user input and then assign it to a specific user. The user can fill out the fields in the task and submit it.
Assign a To-do ItemAssign a to-do item to these usersAssigns a task to the specified user
Build Dynamic StringStore dynamic string in Variable: variableProvides ...

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