Windows stores logs of everything that is going on, from starting up to shutting down. It stores details about the app errors that take place, the warnings that are given by different system services, information about the state of drivers and services. You can see all this information with a Windows app named Event Viewer. If you want to know how to open it, read this guide in which we share all the methods we know for doing it. Let's get started:
NOTE: This guide covers Windows 10, Windows 7, and Windows 8.1. Some methods work in all three versions of Windows, others just in one or two. For each method, we mention the Windows version in which it works. If you do not know the version of Windows that you have, read this tutorial: What version of Windows do I have installed?
1. Use search to start Event Viewer (all versions of Windows)
One of the fastest methods involves using search. In Windows 10, use the search box near the Start button, and type the word event. Then, click or tap the Event Viewer search result. You can also tell Cortana to "Open Event Viewer," and she will do that for you.
If you use Windows 7, open the Start Menu, and type the word event in its search box. Then, click the Event Viewer search result.
If you use Windows 8.1, go to the Start screen (or open the Search charm) and start typing "event." In the list of search results on the right, click or tap the "View event logs" result.
2. Use the Control Panel to start Event Viewer (all versions of Windows)
The method known by most users involves using the Control Panel. Open it and go to System and Security. Scroll down until you find Administrative Tools. In this section, there is a link that says: "View event logs." Click or tap on it.
You can also click on Administrative Tools and then run the Event Viewer shortcut.
3. Use the Run window to open Event Viewer (all versions of Windows)
A rapid method is to open the Run window (Windows + R), type eventvwr.msc in the Open field, and click or tap OK.
4. Use the Start Menu to open Event Viewer (Windows 10 only)
Windows 10 also has an Event Viewer shortcut in the Start Menu. To find it, click or tap Start, and then scroll down to the list of apps that start with the letter W. There, open the Windows Administrative Tools folder and click or tap on the Event Viewer shortcut.
Unfortunately, Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 do not offer such shortcuts. Only Windows 10 does.
5. Use the WinX menu to start Event Viewer (Windows 10 and Windows 8.1)
If you use Windows 10 or Windows 8.1, press Windows + X on the keyboard, to open the WinX menu. You can also right-click the Start button for the same result.
In this menu, you can find the Event Viewer shortcut.
6. Use the Command Prompt (CMD) or PowerShell to start the Event Viewer (all versions of Windows)
Some users love to use the Command Prompt (CMD) or PowerShell to start administrative tools like the Event Viewer. Open the Command Prompt, type the eventvwr.msc command and press Enter.
Another way is to open PowerShell, type eventvwr.msc, and press Enter.
The Event Viewer is now displayed on your desktop.
7. Use Computer Management to access Event Viewer (all versions of Windows)
Event Viewer is also found inside another Windows administrative tool, named Computer Management. It is in the column on the left side of its app window, under "Computer Management -> System Tools -> Event Viewer."
To open Computer Management, first, open the Control Panel and go to "System and Security -> Administrative Tools -> Computer Management."
8. Use the Event Viewer shortcut from our collection (all versions of Windows)
We have created the most extensive collection of shortcuts for Windows. Download it, extract it and you will find the Event Viewer shortcut in the Administration Tools sub-folder for your Windows version.
Which method do you prefer for opening the Event Viewer?
Now you know several methods for accessing the Event Viewer. Try them out and let us know which one is your favorite. Also, if you know other ways of starting the Event Viewer, do not hesitate to share them in a comment below. We promise to update this guide based on your feedback.