An extremely popular content approval feature has now been updated in SharePoint Online using the Flow feature set. In previous versions of SharePoint, you could empower more users to rapidly create content and then send it for publishing approval before the rest of the organization could consume it. This was a major shift by splitting the role of content creator and content publisher, allowing different people to create the content and different people to approve what content is being published on the portal.

The first few iterations of this feature were powered by the SharePoint 2010 and 2013 Workflow engines. You were able to still use the publishing feature in SharePoint Online, but you had to remain in the Classic mode for the time being, as Modern pages did not support those previous workflow engines.

Luckily, Microsoft has released to all tenants the ability to go to the Site Pages library of your new SharePoint Modern site and create a page approval flow. Once that new flow is associated with your Pages, library staff without the permissions to publish major versions can submit the request to go out to the individual or team for whom you have configured that approval process.

Setting Up the Flow

First, navigate to the Site Pages library for the Site in which you want to configure the approval workflow.

1.) Click the Settings gear icon in the upper right corner. Then click “Site contents” from the sub menu.


2.) Click on “Site Pages”.

3.) Click “Flow” from the menu, and then click “Configure page approval flow” from the sub menu.

4.) Click the “Create flow” button.

5.) Type in a name for your page approval flow in the “Flow name” text box. Then type one or more people’s names whom you want to be the approvers in the “Approvers” section. Note: Each person will receive an approval notification email, but only one approval will be needed. Then click “Create”.

Sending a Page for Approval

Once the Flow has been setup, new pages created by users can be sent to the Flow approval process for publishing.

1.) Create a new Page by clicking the Settings gear icon, and then click on “Add a Page” from the sub menu.

2.) Add content to your new Page, and click the new “Submit for approval” button.

3.) Click the “Continue” button.

4.) You can now add a note that will be included with your request to the approvers. After you have filled in the note, click “Submit”.

5.) You will be redirected back to the page where you can see the new status of Pending approval. Click on “Review approvals” to check the status.

Ready to Get Started?

Whether the SharePoint Publishing Approval Flow is a feature you have been missing after making the plunge into Modern or is a new feature you haven’t used before, now is the perfect time to take advantage of the latest improvements in the new Modern experience and Flow. Doing so will help empower your staff become content creators right within SharePoint instead of sending what they want published in an email or document streamlining the process.

And when you’re ready to get started, just know that Imaginet is here to help. Our Imaginet SharePoint experts have helped over 500 customers around the globe with all of their SharePoint needs since the first version of SharePoint was release. And we’re ready to help you, too.

Contact us today at or 1-800-989-7622 to schedule a free consultation call to get started on your path towards an improved modern experience with Microsoft SharePoint Online.


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Drew McLean is a Imaginet Senior Microsoft Platform Consultant who specializes in delivery and implementation of Microsoft product solutions, including SharePoint, Exchange, Skype for Business, Microsoft Teams, Office 365, and Azure. Drew is certified in Microsoft® Certified Solutions Expert: Productivity; Microsoft® Certified Solutions Associate: Office 365; Microsoft® Certified Solutions Expert: SharePoint; Microsoft® Certified Solutions Associate: Windows Server 2012 and Cisco CCENT with highly notable proficiencies working with software, hardware, databases, and various operating systems.

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