With SharePoint 2007 if the user needs to initiate a workflow they need to go the workflow page and and then do the same. With Custom Actions this can be simplified a lot. So with this post I will try to explain how to create a custom action using SharePoint Designer 2010 to initiate a workflow.
I have created a list and added a OOB Approval workflow to it. Now we need to open the list in the SharePoint 2010. On the list setting dashboard there is a section for the custom actions or we can do it from the ribbon for the list menu.
The Action has come in the menu. Now we will try some more advanced option to change the location and associate a icon with this.
Doing this was not so easy in SharePoint 2007. We need to do this using feature and XML files which was complicated process.
We can also add menu items in the ribbon in the forms for adding New Item, editing item and viewing item using the same concepts.
Now if we open a list item for viewing we will see a addtional button appearing on the ribbon for print as below: