Preferences dialog window allows you to change default Event Log
Top open Preferences dialog, select from the main menu.
Changes you made in this dialog are stored into the user's
registry, so they are global for different workspaces.
User interface defines which
user interface will be used.
In Multiple document interface
(MDI) all event log views will reside under the main window.
In Tabbed document interface
(TDI) all event log views will be contained within the main window,
but only one of them is visible at the time.
Click items as follows defines
the controls behavior on single or double click.
Minimize to notification area
hides When Event Log Explorer from Windows task bar and displays
Event Log Explorer icon in the system tray when the program is
Font and Size define the default font and its size for
main Event Log Explorer window and event log views.
Visual Style defines Event Log
Explorer visual style.
Location of criteria files
(filters) defines a default path where Event Log Explorer
will store event filter files. When Event Log Explorer starts, it
loads filter names from this folder and displays them in
menu in the
This settings will be applied to new log views, created with
Event Log Explorer. They will not affect existing log views.
Enable auto-refresh force
Event Log Explorer to reread event logs every Default auto-refresh interval.
Default sort order defines a
default criteria (column) the event list will be sorted by. Enable
Descending if you want to sort
the event list in descending order. We recommend you to set
Newest first sorting criteria -
this will increase event log loading process.
Description server defines
server name where Event Log Explorer will get descriptions by
default. E.g. you can set this field to LOCALHOST, and Event Log
Explorer will try to get description from your local computer.
Color coding file defines the
default color coding file for all new event views. See also:
Temporary Data Storage sets
the location of temporary data. When Event Log Explorer reads
events from logs, it uses a temporary storage for these events. You
can choose between Memory and Disk storage. Memory is the best
choice for relatively short event logs (up to 300 000 events). Disk
is good for a large number of events.
Event age allows you to
pre-filter event log by events age.
Event types allows you to
pre-filter event log by event type.
Event IDs allows you to
pre-filter event log by events IDs. If you want to specify multiple
IDs, please use coma as a delimiter. To specify a range of IDs, use
You can use "!" to specify the exception list of events. All events
and event ranges following "!" will be considered as exceptions.
E.g. 10,100-1000,2000-5000!250,500-600,3000-3200 will
be equal 10, 100-249,251-499,601-1000,
User names allows you to
pre-filter event log by user name. To specify multiple user names,
please use coma as a delimiter.
Computers allows you to
pre-filter event log by computer name. To specify multiple computer
names, please use coma as a delimiter.
We highly recommend you to pre-filter events by age and/or by
type - this will force to load logs partially, reduce memory
consumption and increase the performance.
Window width and Window height define event log view window
size. These options are effective only for MDI interface.
Open maximized - the new log view
window will be maximized in the parent window. This option is
effective only for MDI interface.
Display grid lines - if checked,
event list will be displayed with grid lines.
Display description box - if checked, when you open a new
event log window, the description box will appear in the bottom
part of the window.
Description box location -
defines the default location of description box in log view
Description box height - defines
the height of the description box (in percentage of the log view
Description box width - defines
the width of the description box (in percentage of the log view
Description in line - if checked,
event list will be displayed with description column. Muiti-line
descriptions will be converted into single-line once. Very long
descriptions could be truncated in this column.
Autofit columns after loading -
if checked, Event Log Exploer will adjust columns width when you
load or refresh event logs. Unlike all other Log View Defaults,
this option is applied even to already opened log views.
On program start
Open last used workspace - if
checked Event Log Explorer will start with last used workspace.
Open empty workspace - if checked
Event Log Explorer will create UNTITLED workspace at start.
On new workspace defines the
program behavior when creating a new workspace.
Add local computer to the tree -
if checked, your computer will be automatically added as a first
computer in the computers tree.
Run Add Computers Wizard - if
checked, Event Log Explorer will start Add Computers Wizard to fill in the
Restore from workspace file
defines which kind of data should be restored from the workspace
Confirmations define when Event Log Explorer will display
When closing event log window - if checked, the program
will not warn you when you close event log window.
When closing all event log windows - if checked, the program
will not warn you when you use File / Close All command.
When quitting the program - if checked, the program will not
warn you when you quit it.
When closing the workspace (auto save workspace) - if
checked, the program will always save changed workspace when you
Default mode to open .EVT file
defines access mode to .evt files when you try to open .evt
Standard - Standard Win API
access to .evt file. This option is default on Windows NT, 2000,
XP, 2003 operating systems.
Direct - Direct access to .evt
file. This option is default on Windows Vista.
See also Direct Access to Event Log
Associate Event Log Explorer with
.EVT files. Enable this option if you want Event Log
Explorer to open .EVT files when you click on them in Windows
Associate Event Log Explorer with .EVTX
files. Enable this option if you want Event Log Explorer to
open .EVTX files when you click on them in Windows Explorer.
Automatically add log files to
tree. If checked, Event Log Explorer will add event log
files you open to the tree.
Put log files to group defines
group name to which event log files will be added.
These options define the default print layout.
Report title - defines report header.
Page footer - defines text messages that will be displayed
in the left, center and right part at the bottom of each report
Striped report - if checked, the report will be displayed or
printed with horizontal stripes - this will highly increase report
Restore defaults - resets report layout defaults.
[LogName] - name of the event log.
[CompName] - name of the computer.
[Page#] - Report page number.
[TotalPages] - Number of pages in the report.
[Program] - Name of this program (Event Log Explorer).
[Date] - Date of print.
[Time] - Time of print.
[IsFiltered] - Will display "Filtered" if the log view is
[IsFiltered2] - Will display "Filtered: xx of xxxx event(s)" if the
log view is filtered.
Automatically poll for updates
- Hide Folders XP will be checking for updates automatically every
(Polling interval) days.
Last poll - the date of the last
check for updates.
Do not display warning message before
connecting the Internet - if unchecked Event Log Explorer
will display a dialog box notifying you about connecting the
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