Designer is a free tool that SharePoint admins can use
for developing the SharePoint platform. If you want to create
and customize SharePoint workflows, it is necessary to use
A SharePoint site can be opened locally in SharePoint
Designer, and when that is done you will have a good
overview over the site, its content, permissions and workflows.
You can make modifications or create a new workflow, and
when you are finished the changes are published to the site.
Designer is a useful tool for all SharePoint administrators,
but as Microsoft has not created a 2016 version the tool
will probably be discontinued in a few years. That is something
you should be aware of if you decide to learn and use
Today there is however no really good replacement for
SharePoint Designer, so it is widely used and will have
a prominent part in this SharePoint Workflows series.
In the two demos below, Peter Kalmström, CEO and Systems
Designer of kalmstrom.com Business Solutions, gives an overview
over SharePoint Designer.
In the first demo Peter gives background information and
lists advantages and disadvantages with using SharePoint
In the second demo Peter goes through the SharePoint
Designer user interface. He shows how to open a site
and a library or list in SharePoint Designer and
how to work with it on the summary page. Peter also describes
how you can work with the site objects and how to preview
the changes in a browser.