Office 365: How to enable SharePoint Auditing

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In this post we’ll look at how to enable SharePoint auditing. Recently I’ve been investigating some mysterious folder moves which the end users couldn’t explain, but folders were disappearing and reappearing elsewhere.

My first thought was that they have been dragged and dropped by mistake with a touchpad, it’s so easy to do if you aren’t careful.

My second thought was to check the SharePoint audit logs. Read on to learn how to enable SharePoint Auditing and view the available reports.

By default SharePoint Auditing isn’t enabled in Office 365.

Login to

Go to your SharePoint page, which is usually

Click the cog in the top right-hand corner and select Site settings.

Office 365 settings - site settings

On the Office 365 SharePoint Site Settings page, first we need to turn auditing on. By default it is not enabled. Select Site collection audit settings.

Office 365 SharePoint - Site Settings

In this example I’ve configured the Moving or copying items to another location within the site, and Deleting or restoring items.

90 days is the longest retention for logs in the audit database, so I’ve kept this as the default, and automatic trimming is enabled,

Configure Audit Settings

Below is a list of the reports available via the Audit log reports option.

Office 365 - SharePoint - View Auditing Reports

You have now enabled SharePoint auditing in Office 365, and have a host of reports to view and check.

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