How to Configure Audit Log to Capture All Deletes in SharePoint?

Requirement:  Track all delete operations in SharePoint.

How to Configure Audit Settings to Track Deletes in SharePoint?

We can Track All Deletes in a SharePoint site collection using Audit Log Feature in three steps:

Step 1: Make sure Reporting Feature is activated:

  • Go to “Site Settings” >> Click on “Site collection features” under “Site Collection Administration”
  • Find “Reporting” Feature and Click on “Activate”.

Step 2: Configure Audit Log Settings to Track Delete

  • Go to “Site Settings” >> Click on “Site collection audit settings” under “Site Collection Administration”
  • Enable “Deleting or restoring items” Checkbox and click on “OK”
    sharepoint audit delete entries

Step 3: View all Delete Events

Once the auditing feature is configured to capture deletes, you can view the list of delete events captured from:

  • Go to “Site Settings” >> Click on “Audit log reports” under “Site Collection Administration”
  • Select “Deletions” Report.

This Opens the report in Microsoft Excel with all delete events occurred in the site collection (after the audit log configured to capture deletes!)

Salaudeen Rajack

Salaudeen Rajack is a SharePoint Architect with Two decades of SharePoint Experience. He loves sharing his knowledge and experiences with the SharePoint community, through his real-world articles!

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