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Nintex Workflow 2010 > Workflow Actions
Pause for

This workflow action will pause the workflow at this step and delay it for a defined period of time.

Parameters are evaluated when the action is executed, with times calculated in UTC. If the resulting delay period is shorter than the frequency of the Workflow timer job, or if it is a negative value, then the action executes at the next iteration of the Workflow timer job. For more information about SharePoint timer jobs, see the Microsoft article Timer job reference (SharePoint 2013)​.​

To use the workflow action:

  • Locate the action in Workflow Actions Toolbox (located on the left hand-side);
    • Click on the Category listings to reveal the actions; OR
    • Search for the action using a keyword.
  • Select the action, drag it onto the design canvas and drop it onto a design pearl.


  • Left-clicking the pearl, mouse-over Insert Action and then the Categories to reveal the actions, click the required action from the list.

To change the settings used by the action:

  • On the action’s title click the down arrow to activate a drop-down
  • Select Configure; OR
  • Double-click the action's icon.

For more information on the other options in the drop-down, please refer to the Getting started with the Nintex Workflow designer.


Options within this action 

By default, the delay period will be set to 5 minutes.

Set the delay period

  • Years
  • Months
  • Days
  • Hours
  • Minutes (defaulted to 5)

Manually enter values or use Insert reference for dynamic values.

Set the Business hours only option to ignore non-business hours when counting down.