Did You Know: Manually Start Workflows with Existing Start Conditions

 

ecently we released the new “conditional start” capability in Nintex Workflows for Office 365, which gives you a new level of control over when a workflow kicks off.

If you have played with it, you may be wondering how Manual Start would work on a workflow where you have created start conditions for item creation and/or item modification.

In other words, what if you create conditions on a workflow when an item is created and/or modified, and then kick off the workflow manually? What if you have a workflow with the settings below as start options? Condition

Will that workflow start without checking the condition, or will it start only if the condition set is true? Let’s stop for a minute and explain briefly how manual start works in this type of scenario.

The simple answer is that the workflow will start regardless of any condition you might have created, either on item creation or item modification. It will start as if there is no condition set.

There are two main reasons why we’ve designed the functionality this way.

First, because if you have created conditions for both item creation and item modification, manual start doesn’t really know which one we should use.

Second, it helps you debug and test your workflows. Think about it: imagine you have designed a workflow, added start conditions, and everything is working. If you change your design and want to test it, unless you change the conditions, the quick way to test is to manually run the workflow with no conditions.

Hope it helps!

 

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Gonzalo Marcos

Gonzalo Marcos is a Nintex Technical Evangelist based in our London Office. He has been with Nintex for two years, and working as a SharePoint Consultant and Administrator for seven years, collaborating and supporting customers' platform growth at every project stage.