Manage Web Applications In SharePoint 2013 Central Administration - Part Six

Here, in this part, we will see how the Central Admin controls the management of the web application. Please refer to the previous parts to learn more about it.

Let’s open Central Admin of SharePoint on your machine. On your Windows desktop screen, click Start >> Administrative Tools >> SharePoint 2013 Central Administration.

  • Run it as an administrator to have elevated privileges.
  • You will see the screenshot as given below.

  • Central Admin is configured under the categories given below.
  • Click on Application Management.

  • Go to Web Applications >> Manage web applications.
  • You will see the screen given below.

  • Here, we can see various options to work with the Web Applications.
  • Let’s see them from left to right in different parts of the article.

We have four categories, where the events have been categorized.

  1. Contribute
  2. Manage
  3. Security
  4. Policy

In this part, we will see “Workflow” Under "Manage” category.


  1. Select the "Web Application".
  2. Click on "Workflow".
  3. You will see the screen below.

  • User-Defined Workflows
    Using this configuration, you can choose if you want to enable user defined workflows for all the sites on the web application.

  • Workflow Task Notifications
    This is an important configuration. When a user gets a workflow task and they don’t have access to the site, would you like them to have access to the workflow task or not?

    Secondly, would you want an external user to get a copy of the document even when he is not in the organization?

This configuration is included as part of the security model of the company.

In this part of managing the web application, we saw how to manage the workflows of the web application. There are more features under managing the Web Applications, which we will see in the next article.

Until then, keep reading and keep learning.