Update List Item In SharePoint 2013 And Office 365 Using Nintex Workflows

Welcome to an article on How to Update List Item in SharePoint 2013 and Office 365 using Nintex Workflows. This article will display the action “Update List Item” so that all my developer friends don’t have to spend much time and effort while using this function in their projects.

Let’s see the implementation of this functionality.

  • Create a list, Dev Testing.

  • Click on the LIST tab on the top ribbon and click on Nintex Workflows.

    Nintex Workflows

  • You will see the following screen, to create a new workflow.

  • Click on “Create new workflow”.

    Create new workflow

  • You will come to the design phase of the Nintex workflows.

  • Add the action, “Update List Item” either by right click on the workflow or by dragging and dropping from the left toolbox.

    Update List Item

  • Now let’s configure it.

  • When you double click on the action the following screen opens up.

    click on the action

      - Target List: Here you can choose in which list you want to update an item.

      - List Item Properties: From the selected list, you can select the columns you want to update.

    As for me, I have selected a column name as “Update me” where I am updating a value as a text “Updated”.

  • Now we have configured our workflow, let’s go and publish it to use it.

  • Click on Publish on the left corner of the ribbon of Nintex Designer.

    Click on Publish

  • You will see the following screen:.


  • Give your workflow a name.

  • Description

  • Choose your task list where it should store the tasks. It will be Workflow Tasks by default.

  • Choose your history list where it should store the history logs, It will be Workflow History by default.

  • Start Options:

      - You can either start your workflow manually.
      - Or you can start your workflow automatically when an item is created. In our case we will initiate when items are created.
      - Or you can start your workflow automatically when an item is modified.

  • Click on Publish.

  • Your workflow will get published.

Create an item in the list “Dev Testing” as per the following screenshot:

Dev Testing

An item gets created.

item gets created

Not only an item gets created, my value is also updated by the workflow while creating an item as we can see Updated under Update me column.

As per the functionality in our project, we can update it while creating a new item or on modification and we can select multiple columns which can be updated on a single instance run.

So in this article we saw how to update List Item in SharePoint 2013 and Office 365 using Nintex Workflows. We will see more new articles on the actions of Nintex Workflows in the other parts of the article. Till then, keep learning!

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