Sharepoint 2013 did some change on the report area, to me I think it is actually practical since in real case senario we need find the particular hits report against certain documents download or page visits, the evaluate the input/outcome of our hardwork, in my case, web publishing magazines.

Here is how to enable the report and how to get them.

Server side:

1. Go to web server -> Central Administration -> Application Management ->Service Applications -> Manage Service Applications:

2,.Find the two services and make sure they are started:

Usage and Health data collection

Usage and Health data collection Proxy


3. Next go to Central Administration -> Monitoring -> Timer Jobs  -> Review Job Defination:

Search for this job, you many need go to second page to find it:

Microsoft SharePoint Foundation Usage Data Processing

By default it is disabled, enable it and also run it after enable it.

It should look like this 


Server side is ready.

Client side:

Now go to the actual site page you need enable reporting , go to site settings -> Site Collection Administration->Site Collection Features :

1 Reporting -> Activate

2. Reports and Data Search Support -> Activate

Ok, We are ready to rock.


There are two kinds of report , first is the general reports of whole site, which is not very useful in my case, however you can access it from 

Site sittings -> Site Administration -> Popularity Trends

It will download an EXCEL sheet to report the trending visits.

The gold is find the actual pages/document visit/click report:

1. Go to the page/document container, i.e. Site contents -> document library:




2. once inside the documents list, click on “Library” tab then ”Most Popular Items”.


3. you will get the report.


  4. Web pages are same, they are under Pages library under site content:






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