I have created a workflow and two roles - author & approver. Also assigned permissions for the respective workflow states to each role.

There are 4 Workflow states:

Awaiting Approval
Awaiting Publish
 |_Auto Publish

For the author, there is access to only Draft & this is working fine.
For the approver, it has access as below:

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When logged in as the approver, I'm expecting to see the Approve button, but I see this.

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I have assigned Workflow Delete, command execute permissions also to each of the states:

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Following @MarkCassidy's instruction, I have applied the permissions to the root node & all the child states then had the same. But still, it doesn't change. When I log in as admin, I can see the Approve button.

Also, the approver role has read permissions to the website content root node.

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4 Answers 4


Mind the error message in yellow "You cannot edit this item because you do not have write access to it".

You also have to have Write permission allowed for items below "Blogs" item in order to use workflow states. It is not enough to have Workflow State Write or Workflow Command Execute permissions for your approver role.

  • I added the write permission for the approver role for the root content node and there is a change. The approve & reject buttons now show up but they are greyed out. It says you must lock this item to edit.
    – sukesh
    Nov 4, 2019 at 9:59
  • You need to hit "Lock & Edit" in upper Ribbon and then buttons will be available. You can also disable required locking and editing by following this guide -> sitecore.stackexchange.com/questions/7809/… Nov 4, 2019 at 10:04
  • Basically user needs to lock this version for himself/herself and then either change content or hit Workflow Command like approve. This is how Sitecore works for "regular" content editors. Admins do not need to lock & edit. But you do not want to have all editors as admins... Nov 4, 2019 at 10:06
  • I wanted a permission where the approver should not be able to edit. He should just approve/reject. But in this case, he has to click on edit and also has the option to edit the content. Please suggest an alternative to what I'm looking for.
    – sukesh
    Nov 4, 2019 at 10:10
  • It is not possible without Write permissions unfortunately. Take a look in this doc article -> doc.sitecore.com/users/90/sitecore-experience-platform/en/… . It says "The item is now in the next workflow state and new workflow commands are available in the notification bar. If you do not have permission to edit the item in the current workflow state, you cannot lock the item for editing and the workflow commands are not displayed." Nov 4, 2019 at 10:13

The the role to see the actions, you have to assign the permissions at the action level. Without that, the role will be denied the permissions to see the action.

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  • But I gave permissions to the root node with read & write descendants. Why isn't that applying.
    – sukesh
    Oct 28, 2019 at 5:00
  • Workflows are different items. You need to assign Workflow Command Execute and Workflow State Write
    – Chris Auer
    Oct 29, 2019 at 1:02

Further to what Chris already said; it helps if you expand the security view. Click "Columns" in your Security Editor, and bring in the additional columns you need to look out for.

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  • Following your instruction, I have set those to the parent node (Corlate Workflow). Then I checked each state & all of them had the same. But still it does not change. When I log in as admin, I can see the Approve button. Please check the snap in the update.
    – sukesh
    Nov 4, 2019 at 9:25
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    Do you have permission on the item that you are trying to edit? Does the role have read and write access on the item and parent node? Can you please verify and let us know? Nov 4, 2019 at 9:42
  • @SumitUpadhyay, I just confirmed & the role does have permissions to the root node of all the content. Also attached the snap. Please check.
    – sukesh
    Nov 4, 2019 at 9:55

Can you please check in Access viewer that no other role is overwriting the permissions you have assigned (specially workflow related permissions).

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