Creating and Saving Custom Views

If you spend much time in Event Viewer or have a particularly troublesome program or device that sends you back to Event Viewer often, creating ad-hoc filtering, grouping, and sorting criteria becomes tiresome . Custom views to the rescue! To create a custom view, click Action, Create Custom View. You'll see a dialog box nearly identical to the Filter Current Log dialog box shown in Figure 23-13 . One key difference: the Event Logs list is available, and you can specify any or all logs to include in your custom view.

After you create filter criteria and click OK, you need to specify a name and location for your custom view. You can store your custom view in the Custom Views folder or any of its subfolders . (To create a subfolder, click New Folder.) Select the All Users option if you want the view to be available to any user on your computer; clear it if you want the view to appear only when you log on .

You can now display your custom view by selecting its name in the console tree. You can apply sorting or grouping, and those changes are stored as part of the custom view. To modify the filter criteria, click Filter Current Log . To change the name or description for your custom view, click Action, Properties.

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