Manage Event Log channels with EventLogChannelsView

Martin Brinkmann
Sep 7, 2016

EventLogChannelsView is a new portable program by Nirsoft that provides you with the means to manage all Windows event log channels.

The event log is a crucial feature of Windows that reveals information about what is happening when Windows is running.

While regular users may not come into contact with it regularly, if at all, it is a valuable source of information for administrators and tech-savvy users.

The event log consists of hundreds of channels of which many but not all are enabled by default. Data is written to those channel logs regularly when they are enabled.

While you may use internal tools to manage channels and the logging of events, third-party software may sometimes offer better usability or features.


You may run the portable program from any location. It throws an UAC prompt that you need to accept before it is launched though.

All channels are listed automatically on start; information include the channel name, publisher and file name, as well as information about its status and other relevant information.

One interesting bit of information is that the program will tell you if the file size limit for a channel has been reached. Another, that it shows you directly whether a channel is enabled or not.

You may click on a header to sort the data accordingly, for instance by channels that have reached the file size, or channels that are enabled.

You may use the shortcuts F2 and F3 to disable or enable channels quickly, or use the right-click menu for that if you prefer to use the mouse.

One advantage of EventLogChannelsView is that you may use it to bulk enable or disable channels.  You may also change the maximum file size of channels, but that option is only available when you right-click a channel.

You may increase the size limit for channels that reached their limit for instance, or decrease the limit for channels that hold too much log data.

A search is provided. You may hit Shift-F to open the search form to find channels quickly.

The program supports the usual Nirsoft options to create HTML reports, or export selected data to XML, TXT or CSV files.

Administrators may load channels from a remote computer by clicking on File > Choose Data Source to manage those on the local system.

Closing Words

EventLogChannelsView is another handy Nirsoft application. It is mostly useful to system administrators and experienced users though due to what it offers.

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  1. Tony said on September 7, 2016 at 11:02 pm

    Looks great. Thanks.

    Besides using up a little disk space, are there any downsides to enabling a channel?

    Any performance impacts?

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