Adding site columns in SharePoint Designer
I created a SharePoint Designer workflow which handles the approval of list items. Now I would like to have some extra site columns added to my approval form’s form fields.
When I do this in SPD I can add an existing site column (sometimes a few more) but after a while I’m getting the following error when I try to save the workflow:
Could not save the field changes to the server. The Object has been updated since it was last fetched.
Working around the problem
When I get this error I have to close the Site in SharePoint Designer, Reopen it and try again. After while, I managed to get all my fields on the form. So I can still get the job done, but this is quite annoying.
Ok, I found the cause of the problem.
Creating new form fields
When you use an already existing site column then 90% of the time SPD fails to handle the column. If you however create a new field then it SPD simply works. This is a bit of a shame as the columns already exist in my site. Remember I just wanted a column used by my item to be displayed on the task, and therefore the field already exists.