Given that the "Opened and downloaded documents, viewed items in lists, or viewed item properties" audit event is unavailable in SP2013 Online, what other options are there for tracking who is opening or downloading what? Why is this even disabled in SP Online?

Source: https://support.office.com/en-za/article/View-audit-log-reports-b37c5869-1b47-4a82-a30d-ea20070fe527

opening and downloading audit unavailable in SP Online

  • What is your environment? Commented Jul 2, 2015 at 9:09

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I also encountered the same limitation before. Unfortunately, this feature is not activated for SharePoint Online and is highly discouraged to be activated for On-Premise. The reason behind is it will create a huge amount of logs that could potentially fill up the space limitation of your site collection.

For more info, refer to this link.

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    Many thanks, I'd come to the same conclusion. I can see why MS have disabled this feature entirely for SP Online. Commented Jun 30, 2015 at 12:26

One approach,You can implement SPAudit class within a console application, run it as a windows task scheduler on a daily basis and generate a report in a .txt file.

  • Does this work with SP Online? Commented Jun 30, 2015 at 12:07

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