Impersonation step in SharePoint 2010 designer workflow

This SharePoint designer tutorial, we will discuss the impersonation step in SharePoint 2010 designer workflow.

we will also see one example of how we can use the impersonation step in SharePoint designer 2010 workflow.

The impersonation step has been replaced as App Steps in SharePoint designer 2013 workflow.

Impersonation step in SharePoint 2010 designer workflow

By default, a workflow runs by default using the permissions of the user who started the workflow. But suppose you want to delete an item from a list in the workflow. But maybe the user who started the workflow may not have sufficient permission to delete an item from the list. So, in that case, it will give an access denied error message.

So here in this type of situation, we need to use the impersonation step. Impersonation steps run with the permissions of the person who last saved the workflow.

This enables a person running a workflow to perform actions within impersonation steps that their permissions would not otherwise allow.

Below is the way you can add an impersonation step to the designer workflow:

Open your SharePoint workflow and from the Ribbon select Impersonation Step from the Ribbon as shown in the figure below:

Impersonation step in SharePoint designer 2010 workflow
Impersonation step in SharePoint 2010 designer workflow

The above step will add the Impersonation step section to the workflow like below. In that block, you can add your workflow Actions.

Impersonation step in SharePoint 2010 designer workflow
Impersonation step in SharePoint 2013 designer workflow

You may like following SharePoint designer 2010 tutorial:

I hope this tutorial helps to learn how to use impersonation steps in SharePoint designer 2010 workflow.

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