How do I check my print history?

Posted by Tusz on May 16th, 2023

In today's digital age, printing documents is a routine task for many individuals, whether it's at home, school, or in a professional setting. Keeping track of your print history can be beneficial for various reasons, such as monitoring usage, controlling costs, or reviewing past prints. Fortunately, there are several methods available to check your print history, depending on the type of printer you're using and the settings enabled. In this article, we will explore different approaches to help you easily access and review your print history.

I. Checking Print History on Windows:

  1. Using the Printer Properties:

    • Navigate to the "Devices and Printers" or "Printers & Scanners" section in the Control Panel or Settings.
    • Right-click on the printer you want to check and select "Printer Properties" or "Properties."
    • Look for a "Log" or "History" tab within the printer properties window. Here, you should find a list of recent print jobs, including information such as document names, dates, and status.
  2. Utilizing Event Viewer:

    • Press the Windows key + R, type "eventvwr.msc" in the Run dialog, and hit Enter.
    • In the Event Viewer window, expand the "Windows Logs" section and select "System."
    • On the right-hand side, click on "Filter Current Log."
    • In the filter options, select "PrintService" from the Event sources dropdown menu and click "OK."
    • The Event Viewer will now display a list of print-related events, including print job details, dates, and times.

II. Checking Print History on macOS:

  1. Accessing CUPS Web Interface:

    • Open a web browser and type "localhost:631" in the address bar.
    • This will open the CUPS (Common UNIX Printing System) web interface.
    • Click on the "Jobs" tab to view a list of recent print jobs, including document names, users, and timestamps.
  2. Using Print Queue:

    • Click on the Apple menu, go to "System Preferences," and select "Printers & Scanners."
    • Select the printer you want to check and click on the "Open Print Queue" button.
    • The Print Queue window will show a list of recent print jobs, including the document name, status, and time of printing.

III. Checking Print History on Network Printers:

  1. Printer Web Interface:

    • Open a web browser and enter your printer's IP address in the address bar.
    • Log in to the printer's web interface using the administrator credentials.
    • Navigate to the "Job Log" or "Print History" section to access a detailed list of print jobs.
  2. Printer Management Software:

    • Many network printers come with specialized management software.
    • Install the software on your computer and launch it.
    • Look for a "Print History" or similar option within the software interface to view the print log.

IV. Additional Considerations:

  1. Print Management Software:

    • In some professional environments, print management software may be implemented to track and manage print jobs.
    • Contact your IT department or system administrator to inquire about available print management tools.
  2. Third-Party Utilities:

    • There are third-party applications and utilities available that can help track and manage print history.
    • Search for print management software online and choose a reliable tool that suits your requirements.

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