You might want to look at your PC's log of printed documents for a wide range of reasons. You might wish to review which files you ought to save on paper, or you might just be curious about how much you print over the course of a given period of time.
However, it is not as simple to check printing history in Windows 10 as one might imagine - or as it certainly must be. In Windows 10, how do I check my print history?, you might be wondering.
Your printed document history is automatically destroyed once each file has been printed by default. Fortunately, you can adjust this choice in the options so it doesn't have to be this way. Your printing log won't be immediately removed as a result of each printing operation. For each printer that has been installed on a computer, you must update these settings.
You must access your print queue in order to modify your printers' settings. This is how to accomplish it:
Step 1: Right-click the Start menu button under Windows.
Step 2: Access Settings.
Step 3: Go to Devices > Printers & Scanners from here.
Step 4: Find the required equipment from the list of available printers and scanners.
Step 5: After clicking it, choose Open Queue.
Step 6: Your printer queue with a list of currently printed items and items that are queued will appear in the new window.
Step 7: The prior printed documents won't be visible to you because logging was not turned on at that time.
The documents which you have earlier printed will be briefly outlined in the print queue that you've just activated. Therefore, you will need to take a few further steps and utilize the Windows Event Viewer if you wish to be able to see a long-term list of the papers you have printed. Here's what to do next:
Step 1: Right-click the Start menu button on Windows.
Step 2: Find and select the Event Viewer choice.
Step 3: You can find a list of printed files as in Event Viewer, but you must first set Windows to begin logging your long-term printer history in order to make this happen.
Your system will preserve a record of the papers you've printed once you've finished the above-mentioned procedures and activated your printer history. But how can you get access to this data?
The log of your printed files will be visible in the Event Viewer:
Step 1: Navigate to the Operational log after finding and opening the PrintService category.
Step 2: All Windows printer events, such as initial printer spooling, finished prints, or failed prints, can be seen here.
Step 3: You can find the Printing a Document part by going to the Task Categories. A list of the documents which have been printed well can be seen here. A list of files that failed to print can be found here as well.
Step 4: You can arrange your print logs according to a category if you feel that this is not sufficiently obvious. This is how to accomplish it:
Step 5: Right-click the heading for the task category.
Step 6: From the menu, choose "Group Events by This Column."
Step 7: Now that your objects are arranged by category, it should be simpler for you to find the necessary logs.
Now you possess it. You've now been able to activate the function that enables you to view your printing logs. Now, simply follow the above methods to get the data you need whenever you need to check whether files on your PC have been printed. If you don't want to change your computer's settings, you can also use third-party software to check your printing history.