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Update Approval status column in a list from approval status column of a file in a document library

Good morning,

I am trying to find out if it is possible to do the following:

We have a  document folder with Content Approval Enabled.

The documents are divided by type in subfolders. 

I want to create lists for our production departments. Each list contains links to all documents related to a given product.

I'd need a column in these lists that shows the approval status of the relevant documents.

For example: in list A I have links for Document A D and F. I'd like a column to show the approval status of documents A D and F.

If the status changes, I need this column to be aupdated automatically to the new status, so that we are sure that only approved documents are used. Is this possible?

Thanks in advance

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Hi @Srossi 


Thank you for posting.


According to your description, you would like to enable ‘content approval’ feature in SharePoint.


As per I tested, once feature enabled, the column ‘approval status’ will be automatically created by itself as below. Only author approves the edit behavior, other list members will be able to see new version of these files. If item status shows reject/pending, other member won’t see this item. This is by design feature in SharePoint.




However, I couldn’t understand what you would like to do using power automate. As per your request, you want to get new status automatically when the status changed. This is content approval feature can be functioned in SharePoint. Seems nothing to do with flow.


Please kindly check and reply me if any misunderstanding.


Hope to hear from you soon.




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Approval status for a document library  is already enabled and working great.

What I want to do is populate a column in a list with the approval status information of a document and have it updated if the approval status of the document changes. I don't know if it clearer now


Did you hear anything bad?  I believe I too have the same issue and request.


I have a modern document library and I have the Approval Status setup and a nice JSON to show the status.  This does NOT do any workflow, just like formatting for the column "if yes then make it red".

I want to have a Power Automate option to UPDATE that column, for Pending to Approved.  





I love that my users or someone can click on the item (1) and then the Draft option can go to Pending by their clicking on the (2) Submit for approval!  it changes the Draft to Pending.






I have a workflow that checks for the option for Pending and when it is set to Pending, then it asks for an Approval.  The person clicks Approve (or Reject) and the workflow says "great" yet it isn't updating the column, the approval says yes or no, just not that column.



is there no way to somehow update that column with the workflow?

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I also observe this behaviour.
Which is a bit awkward. Why:

  1. The one who Approves, authorizes the document/item to get into the Approved state. And so should the  Name and Timestamp of approval, be collected and follow the Approved document/item.
  2. It makes no sense, to have a two-step process here. That would show the SharePoint Editor to complete the Approval as the one who did the Approval, which isn't true. I guess a Rejected document by the first step, could get Approved in the second step, which even more dangerous.
  3. What prohibit the Actions in the Approver end (Reject or Approve) from updating more than one attribute (ie the 'Sign-off Status' ? I guess it would be possible to enhance them two actions to update:
    1. Sign-off Status (as of today)
    2. Approval Status to Approved (only when Approved)
    3. Approved by (only when Approved)
    4. Approval Date (only when Approved)
    5. Modified By (both actions)
    6. Modify Date (both actions 

A minimal workaround to at least pick up the correct state value from 'Sign-off Status' could be to:

  • Add a capability to the Rules, not just allow to send a document but also change the value of another  attribute based on the value of 'Sign-off Status' 

Then, a simple oneliner formula based on the 'Sign-off Status' value change, would accomplish.
The triggering of this piece of code, should be on List/Page refresh, I guess. 

I found I had to go to "Set content approval status" as it doesn't seem to be "standard" for update.

I went and after the approve, I set the approval status to "Approve" and I will do so for the "rejected"






I went to my Microsoft Lists list and found that when the workflow kicked off after my "update" it set the column to Approved!


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