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Can't open sharepoint wordflow task in Word 2010

Posted on 2012-04-06
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When going to open a workflow task, clicking on the button doesn't do anything. It shows the button depressing but nothing ever changes/open. I've attached screenshots of the problem.
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by:Neil Russell
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What has word 2010 to do with it?
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It could be the whole Office suite, but I replicated the issue in Word. I'm not able to click on either of the buttons shown in the picture to open the workflow.
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by:Ingeborg Hawighorst
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Hello,

can you step back a bit and explain the bigger picture? Where does Word come in at all? A SharePoint workflow cannot be opened in Word.

What is the workflow supposed to be doing? What is supposed to happen when you click the button? Are you designing the workflow or are you an end user?

>> but I replicated the issue in Word.

How did you do that? What did you do, what did you expect to happen, what happened instead?

cheers, teylyn
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by:Neil Russell
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A sharepoint site opens in a browser. Workflows either fire from a browser click  or automatically. Like i asked, whats Word got to do with it??
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by:Yagya Shree
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Hi Apexadmin,

After looking into the screenshot i see that a workflow task has been assigned to a user. Now if you are not the person whom this task is assigned than you can't open it. Only a site admin will be able to open and view it. On the other hand, a workflow opens in the same browser where you are viewing this task and not in Word 2010.
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by:Apexadmin
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I apologize for my brevity in my first post. Let's start from the beginning:

In Sharepoint, I create an Approval workflow on a Word document. (in this case, i've assigned the workflow to myself, but I know for a fact that this occurs on either the assigner or assignee reguardless of who's trying)

I open the document on Sharepoint and MS Word 2010 opens up. It prompts me to check out the document. I check out the document and Word has a bar at the top as seen in the picture. There is also a button under the "File" menu as seen in the picture. Clicking on this button has no effect. No browser opens....nothing happens.

Once again, this happens to either the assigner or the assignee, it doesn't matter if I assign it to me or someone else.

Let me know if more information is required.
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I have spoken with some other technicians about this issue and they have recommended that I restart the server to restart all the services. I will perform this and followup.
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Rebooted the server and the workflow problem went away.
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