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If you've completed Lesson 3 - Transitions, you're probably stuck in the Review state of our workflow with no way out. That's because as soon as you specify a different type of transition, the default transitions are removed. But why did the submit transition in the Editing state work, yet the approved and rejected transitions in the Review state failed?

It's because the submit transition is very basic, and it automatically adds an option to transition to the target state. Review transitions, however, are a bit more advanced – in addition to specifying the target states with the approved and rejected parameters, we also need to define the review itself, and, optionally, who can take part in it.

Admin state override

As we're stuck in the Review state, this would be a good time to let you know about the admin state override. It will save you lots of time while developing workflows.

A Space, Confluence or System administrator can force a workflow in to a different state.

Now would be a good time to try that. You can find out how in the Administrator state override example.

Note: If you don't have administrator privileges in the space where you're testing the workflow, you can make yourself an administrator of the workflow by adding the adminusers parameter to the {workflow} macro.

Activity report

If you use the admin state override, it will be logged in the Activity Report. Most interactions with the workflow, or the content it applies to (including commenting), will be tracked in the Activity Report.

If you haven't already done so, take a look now. Open the Page Tools menu and choose Activity Report.

Once  you're done, choose View Page at the top of the screen to return to your page.

Adding a review

Now, let's fix our Review state. To do that we're going to need to add an {approval} macro inside the Review state:

{workflow:name=Simple Content Production Process}
      {approval:Technical Review}

As you can see, we've added the {approval} macro, and given it a name, using its First Unnamed Parameter, of Technical Review.

More importantly, we've added Approve and Reject buttons, and it should be obvious what they will do.

Note that, unlike the other macros we've seen so far, the {approval} macro can't contain other macros, because it has no Macro body. That's why it doesn't need a closing tag.

Test it

Try testing your workflow again via the Workflow Popup.

You should now see Approve and Reject buttons in the Review state, and clicking them should work as expected.

Also, did you notice that the heading text in the workflow popup changed to Technical Review?

And what about the Published state? Did you test that editing the page content will automatically take you back to the Editing state?