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How to Check Printing History

Updated April 17, 2017

Checking your print history allows you to see what documents you've recently printed, and save paper by not printing multiple copies that you don't need. The print history on your computer is not automatically saved. If you have Windows Server, you can enable print logging from the preferences of your printer. If you have any other edition of Windows you can purchase software that allows you to track and check your printing history. Once you enable logging, you can return to the logger at any time to check your printing history.

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  1. Click the "Start" menu and select "Printers and Faxes."

  2. Click the "File" drop-down menu, select "Server Properties" and choose "Advanced."

  3. Check the box beside "Log spooler information events."

  4. Restart your machine.

  5. Return to this location at any later time to view the print log.

  6. Click the "Start" menu and select "Control Panel."

  7. Click "All Control Panel Items," select "Administrative Tools" and choose "Event Viewer."

  8. Click "Applications and Services," select "Microsoft," choose "Windows" and click "Print Service."

  9. Right-click on "Operational" and select "Enable Log."

  10. Return to this window at any time to view the log. Items marked with ID307 are documents that have been printed.

  11. Open Safari.

  12. Type "http://localhost:631/" into the address bar and hit "Enter."

  13. Click the "Jobs" tab at the top of the page.

  14. Press "Show All Jobs" to view your print history.

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About the Author

Bryan Clark has been a freelance writer since 2002. His work has appeared in "The New York Times," "USA Today" and the U.K.'s biggest paper—"The Guardian," amongst other, smaller publications.

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