How to Enable Audit functionality in SharePoint Online/2013/2016


This SharePoint tutorial I will explain how to enable audit functionality in SharePoint Online 2013/2016/Online. When the audit functionally is enabled SharePoint will automatically log events and activities that are done on your content. The Content could be documents, records and other items, such as Task list and calendars etc.


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The Reporting Site Collection feature must be activated in order to see any audit reports in SharePoint Online/2013/2016.

Administrator access to configure auditing. We enable auditing on these levels: Site Collection, library/list, folder, and content type.

Site Collection:

1. Go to SharePoint Site Collection Settings. See in fig

Enable Audit functionality in SharePoint Online 2013
Enable Audit functionality in SharePoint  2013

2. Under Site Settings -> Site Collection Administration -> Site Collection audit settings. See in fig.

Enable Audit functionality in SharePoint Online 2016
Enable Audit functionality in SharePoint 2016

3. Under the Document and Items section you can enable the events you would like to audit. See in fig.

Enable Audit functionality in SharePoint Online 2016
Enable Audit functionality in SharePoint  2016

4. On the same page, you also have the option to enable audit logging for SharePoint Lists, Libraries, and Sites. See in fig

Enable Audit functionality in SharePoint Online 2019
Enable Audit functionality in SharePoint  2019

Library/Lists:

1. Go to library Settings -> Permission and Management -> Information management policy settings. See in fig

Enable Audit functionality in SharePoint Online 2010
Enable Audit functionality in SharePoint  2010

2. Under the Content Type Policies Select Document content type. See in fig

3. Now Scroll down to Auditing where you will be able to choose the events you want to add to the audit log. See in fig

Enable Audit functionality in SharePoint Online
Enable Audit functionality in SharePoint Online

Here I have explained how to enable audit functionality in SharePoint Online/2013/2016.

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About Navneet Singh

I am Navneet Singh, Working at C3it software solutions pvt. ltd. in Pune. My core skills are SharePoint 2013, Office 365, SharePoint 2010, SharePoint Designer, SharePoint Designer Workflow, Nintex Workflow, Infopath, Webpart, CSOM/SSOM, Power-shell, C#, ASP.NET and SQL Server.

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