Is it possible to check who and when removed column from particular sharepoint 2010 list?

How to do it if it is possible?

[UPDATE 1] Auditing is disabled. Any alternatives?

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    Without Auditing it's not possible I think. Since you have no other way of seeing the details in modifications made Commented Apr 3, 2014 at 12:48

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You can view the details in your Audit Reports for Content Activity.

1-Go to Site Settings at the site collection root level.

2-Under the "site collection administration" section, open the "Audit log reports"

3- under the "content activity reports" section, click on the "content type and list modifications". This report shows all events that modified content types and lists.

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    Audit log is disabled, any alternatives? Commented Apr 3, 2014 at 12:47

Using Audit

You can use the audit log reports provided with SharePoint to view the list modifications.

NOTE: Auditing must be enabled to use audit log reports in SharePoint Server 2013. By default, auditing is enabled in SharePoint Online. Find more information about enabling auditing in Configure audit settings for a site collection.

Using Change log

SSOM SPChangeQuery defines a query that is performed against the change log in SharePoint.

Supported APIs: SSOM, CSOM, REST


How to retrieve changes for Field objects in List via CSOM:

var context = new SP.ClientContext.get_current();
var list = context.get_web().get_lists().getByTitle(listTitle);   
var query = new SP.ChangeQuery(true, true);

var changes = list.getChanges(query);
         for(var i = 0; i < changes.get_count(); i++ )
             var change = changes.getItemAtIndex(i);
             console.log(change.get_time()); //print change time

  • Audit log is disabled, any alternatives? Commented Apr 3, 2014 at 12:48
  • How about ChangeQuery ? Commented Apr 3, 2014 at 12:57

Yes you can do this using a feature receiver. You will need the field deleting method. When this fires, you can then write to another list, or prevent the user from deleting the field.


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    I have a feeling the deletion has already happend Commented Apr 3, 2014 at 12:32

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