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How to get current user in an action of a workflow (without .NET coding) in SharePoint Designer

Posted By:      Posted Date: September 21, 2010    Points: 0   Category :SharePoint

Does somebody know how to get current user (logon user) in an action of a workflow definition from the Sharepoint Designer 2007. I know how to do it by using .NET coding, but it requires to upload a dll to the bin directory of the application which is not an option due to my company Sharepoint policies.

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