I see the option to export the wf start form, which produces an xml file. How can I then import this file into another part of my site to start the workflow without having to go into a list item? Ideally I'd like to pull this form into a web part.
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if you want to display item's form in a web part you need not to export it.
just add list form web part to a page and configure which list it should work for. it will automatically find the form (since there is only one form on the list).
if it were site workflow, there is dedicated 'Start Site Workflow' web part.
for list workflow you could use Page Viewer web part, however, to be honest I'm not sure how you could dynamically change item ID to start workflow on. that likely would need some extra scripting.
Thank you for that info! I will export this workflow and import it into a site workflow.
I don't need it to run on a particular item, but select rows from the list based on my filter criteria. I should have created this initially as a site workflow, but I'm still learning!