Disabling a Workflow

Disabling a Workflow

Disable a workflow when you want to prevent users from starting new instances of the workflow but you want to let running instances finish. This is typically done before the workflow association is permanently removed from the list. Disabling a workflow also lets you keep workflow history data available for future reference. If needed, the workflow can be enabled again if it is not removed.

Icon-WarningIMPORTANT: Removing a workflow association terminates any instances of the workflow that might be running and removes the workflow history.

You must have Design or Full Control permission on the list or library to perform these procedures.

Step Action
1. lib ribbon with wf settings highlighted.jpgFrom the List Ribbon, click Workflow Settings.
2. remove block wf.jpgIn the Workflow Settings page for the list, click Remove, Block, or Restore a workflow.

In the Remove Workflows page, choose the No New Instances radio button for the workflow you want to disable. This will allow current workflow instances to finish, but the workflow will no longer be listed in the available workflows list.

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Once no instances are running, it is safe to Remove the workflow by choosing the Remove radio button for a particular workflow association. It is also possible to remove the workflow from the Associated Workflows page accessed from the List Ribbon.

NOTE: Previous Versions of workflows are shown only on the Remove Workflows page shown above and therefore can only be removed from there. Active workflows are shown on the Associated Workflows page and can be removed from either place.

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