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What Is a Log File (and How Do I Open One)?

Sometimes the best way to troubleshoot and operating system, application, or service is to consult the log file(s) that app or service generates as it goes about its business. But what is a LOG file and how do you see what’s in it?

LOG is the file extension for an automatically produced file that contains a record of events from certain software and operating systems. While they can contain a number of things, log files are often used to show all events associated with the system or application that created them. For example, your backup program might keep log files showing exactly what happened (or didn’t happen) during a backup. Windows keeps all kinds of log files for its various services.

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