How to export Windows event logs to Excel

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How to export Windows event logs to Excel
Errors on your computer are recorded in the Windows event logs. (Mark Kolbe/Getty Images Sport/Getty Images)

In Windows, event logs are a record of significant events or changes on your computer. They list errors, warnings, audits, or general information about anything from a user logging on to a program error. Default Windows logs include Application, Security, Setup, System, and Forwarded Events, while other applications may have their own logs. Event logs can be useful for troubleshooting problems or unexpected events.

It's possible to export any error log as a CSV file, which can be opened and viewed in spreadsheet software such as Microsoft Excel.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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  1. 1

    Click the "Start" button and click "Control Panel." Click "System and Security" in Control Panel, then "Administrative Tools."

  2. 2

    Double-click "Event Viewer" in the Administrative Tools list. This will launch Event Viewer, displaying a list of logs on the left-hand side and logged events on the right.

  3. 3

    Select the event log you wish to export in the left-hand pane. The Windows event logs ("Application," "Security," "Setup," "System," and "Forwarded Events") are located in the "Windows Logs" folder, while logs for other applications can be found in "Applications and Services Logs."

  4. 4

    Click "Save All Events As..." in the Actions pane on the right-hand side. Choose a location for the saved log and enter a name in the "File Name" box. For example, when saving the "System" log, type "System."

  5. 5

    Select "CSV (Comma Separated) (*.csv)" in the drop-down box next to "Save As Type" and click "Save." The exported event log is now ready to be opened in Excel.

Tips and warnings

  • You need administrator access on your computer to view all event logs.

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