Unable to load workflow actions from the server SharePoint designer 2010

In this SharePoint 2010 tutorial, we will discuss how to solve the error: unable to load workflow actions from the server. please contact your server administrator.  The error comes in SharePoint designer 2010.

Recently, I was trying to open the workflow in SharePoint Designer 2010. But it gave an error as: unable to load workflow actions from the server. please contact your server administrator.

Unable to load workflow actions from the server SharePoint 2010

Check Farm Level Solutions:
Browse to Central administration ->Click System Settings ->Click Manage Farm Solutions and Then,

Check Site Collection Level Solutions:
Browse to Site collection ->Click Site Actions ->Site Settings ->Solutions (under Gallery).

Put both of the browser windows side-by-side and see if you have anything activated at both scopes, means there is any solution which is deployed at farm level and the same solution is also uploaded and activated to solutions gallery at the site collection level.

If you find this, deactivating the particular solution at the site collection level should do the trick to open workflows in SharePoint Designer.

Unable to add workflow actions in SharePoint 2010 designer workflow

Recently I face a very strange thing, My colleague was trying to adding “Start Approval Process” by following this article, but she was not able to add. Actually, it did not happen anything when she tried to add the action to the SharePoint 2010 designer.

But the strange thing is apart from “Start Approval Process” we were able to add other actions. Then we tried to delete the workflow and then try to create a new one, but nothing happened.

Then we tried another solution, rather than creating a list workflow we try to create a reusable workflow but still the same result.

Finally got some clue from a URL that, sometimes restarting the designer for 10-15 times or waiting for that one hour may solve the problem.

We restarted the SharePoint designer 2010 for more than 5 times and then when we try it worked. Not sure why its happening.

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I hope this post helps to resolve error unable to load workflow actions from the server. please contact your server administrator, which comes in SharePoint designer 2010.

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