Why there is no standard Submit for approval button in Task Object. How to create custom Submit for approval button and relate it to Approval process?

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The Task(Activity/Event) object does not work with the Salesforce Approval Process. That is why you're unable to add a submit for approval button to this objects page layouts.

I can't find Salesforce documentation that states this, however, I speak from experience and here is a 9 year old idea on the success community: https://success.salesforce.com/ideaView?id=08730000000BrQCAA0

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    Do you have any links to documentation you can point to to back up your claims?
    – Adrian Larson
    Oct 14, 2016 at 15:50
  • I've updated my answer, however, I can't find any documentation from Salesforce stating it.
    – Dave Lea
    Oct 14, 2016 at 16:16
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    Yeah, linking to an Idea is legit if it seems to clearly answer the question.
    – Adrian Larson
    Oct 14, 2016 at 16:18

You could use one of the Approval apps on AppExchange that make use of their own datamodel. They usually support approvals on any object.

E.g. Approvals Pro https://appexchange.salesforce.com/listingDetail?listingId=a0N3A00000FMcp7UAD&tab=e has this functionality.

(full disclosure: I'm affiliated with Approvals Pro)

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