How to enable the audit log in SharePoint 2013

To enable the audit log by using Central Administration

·         On the Central Administration home page,
·         In the Application Management section,
·         Click Manage service applications.
·         Select the Secure Store service application.
·         On the ribbon, click Properties.
·         From the Enable Audit section,
·         Click to select the Audit log enabled box.
·         To change the number of days that entries will be purged from the audit log file, specify a number in days in the Days until Purge field.
·         The default value is 30 days.
·         Click OK.

Configure audit settings for a site collection

Please use the following link in which Microsoft has given a very detailed description that references each and every minor point regarding audit settings:

It consists of:
·         Auditing event information
·         Trimming the audit logs (new enhancements in SP2010 and SP2013 as compare to earlier versions)
·         Configure audit log trimming
·         Configure events to audit

View audit log reports
Following link will help you to understand the following points:
·         Events available for audit log reports
·         Available audit log reports
·         View audit log reports

Please let me know in case of any queries/questions so that we can discuss and sort it out quickly.
Thank you


  1. Nice post. Here is one more post explaining audit log

  2. Wow.. I was searching for this. Thank you so much

    1. You are welcome :) i am glad that it worked for you. Thanks for the comment.

  3. Are you sure the Secure Store audit has anything to do with the information management policy? I thought the Secure Store audit was just to audit authentication via Secure Store.

  4. thank you for your article,
    alright, i've done all the instructions, and created a document and done the changes in order to save a log, but still
    I Do not find the link "Audit log reports"

    1. Imp note: You should be having site collection admin rights to view that functionality.

      Where you will find the above -> site actions->site settings->site collection administrators

      Audit log reports - you will find here
      site actions->site settings->site collection administration->Audit log reports


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