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  Asked By: Alyssa    Date: Jul 21    Category: Sharepoint    Views: 1163

We have a particular project for which we're very concerned about
document provenance - specifically, we need to know who's looked at a
document and for how long. I've been through the SharePoint and IIS
logs, and as far as I can see, it only tells you the time a document
was opened - not the time it was closed. I can see how this makes
sense - when you have the option of saving the document to your
desktop, it's no longer going to matter how many times or for how long
you looked at it on SharePoint. I still need to get a definitive
answer for my boss, though. Does anyone know if it's possible to track
the length of time a user views a document on SharePoint?



2 Answers Found

Answer #1    Answered By: Kalyan Pujari     Answered On: Jul 21

Maybe if you define view time  as time between check in and check
out. But besides that I think its going to be real tough tracking
the time the window they view the doc is in is open. It may be
impossible but Id look into creating a mess of client side scripting
and macros.

Answer #2    Answered By: Christop Mcfadden     Answered On: Jul 21

Came accross this request myself a while back.... The only solution I can offer you is to look at using a third party product such as Syntergy's Audit. I dont know if it will tell you the duration of a document  being opened  but it will tell you the individual that opens the file. Something that IIS Logs and sharepoint  OOB is not capable of without manipulation of the code. Im not a developer so maybe Todd or one of the other gifted individuals can chirp in.


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