@Gail - I'm guessing these are the Error Logs you are talking about? I'm still a bit of noob so any info to clarify this would be great.
They're visible through Management Studio as you described, but they're just text files (errorlog, errorlog.1, errorlog.2, etc), so you don't have to read them through Management Studio.
p.s. Please could you in the future post new questions in new threads? Sometimes people don't look at old threads cause they think they're 'solved'
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