Enabling and using Content Approval in SharePoint 2013 Document Libraries

This article explains how to enable content approval for documents in SharePoint libraries.

Open a SharePoint team site.

Open SharePoint team site

Create a Document Library.

Create a document library

document library

Click on LIBRARY -> Library Settings.

library settings

On this page click Versioning settings.

setting

Versioning settings

On this page click Yes to enable content approval.

Click yes for enable content approval

Select create major versions.

create major versions

Under who would see the items.

Select only the one to approve the items by default.

So now only the approvers will be able to view the document.

view only for approvers

Click Ok to complete.

Now I am uploading the simple document into this library.

upload the simple document

See the approval status will be pending:

See the approval status

Now I am signed in as a different user having read permission the document has been invisible.

read permission

Now I will approve the document.

approve the document

Review and Approve the document and provide comments.

Review and Approve the document

So now see the status has been approved.

see the status

Now login as a different user.

See, the document is now viewble to all the users.

document