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Is there a way to monitor/audit who downloads files in SharePoint Foundation either using something out of the box or by creating a workflow?

Thanks in advance Steve

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While Auditing is not available from the UI in Foundation, you can access the Audit functionality and turn it on via the object model:

If you notice in this post, Auditing is advertised as a feature of Foundation, but it takes a little extra work to enable and access it as opposed to Server:

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