How to view your printed documents history on a Windows 10 computer

To view your printed documents history on your Windows 10 computer, you first have to enable your computer to save your print history in settings.

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To view your printed documents history on your Windows 10 computer, you first have to enable your computer to save your print history in settings.
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  • To view your printed documents history on a Windows 10 computer, you have to manually turn on the setting.
  • If you didn’t already have the setting enabled on your computer, then you won’t be able to see your print history from before turning on the setting.
  • Here’s how to enable logging of your print history, and, once you have, how to view your printed documents history on Windows 10.
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There are several reasons why you might want access to your computer’s print history.

Maybe you’re trying to remember whether you printed a document that has now gone missing, or maybe you’re trying to determine if someone else has been printing from your computer without your permission.

No matter the reason, the good news is that it is possible to view your printed documents history on your Windows 10 computer.

The bad news, however, is that you have to turn on the setting manually, and if you haven’t already done so, it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to view your printing history up until this point.

If you find yourself lamenting that you didn’t turn the setting on before, that’s all the more reason to turn it on now.

Here’s how to enable logging of your print history, and, once you have, how to view your printed documents history on Windows 10.

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How to turn on printed documents history on your Windows 10 computer

1. In the search bar at the bottom-left of your screen, type “Event Viewer.” Click on the Event Viewer icon when it appears.

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Search for “Event Viewer.”
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2. Click the arrow next to “Applications and Services Logs” in the left sidebar.

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Expand “Applications and Services Logs.”
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3. In the expanded menu, click to expand “Microsoft.”

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Expand “Microsoft.”
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4. Click to expand “Windows.”

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Expand “Windows.”
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5. The list that appears is ordered alphabetically. Scroll down to “P” and click “PrintService.”

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Expand “PrintService.”
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6. Right-click on “Operational” and select “Properties.”

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Right-click on “Operational” and then “Properties.”
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7. In the “General” tab, check the box next to “Enable Logging,” then choose your preferred overwrite settings for when the log gets full. We recommend overwriting events as needed.

8. When finished, click “Apply,” then click “OK” when the changes are finished applying.

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Check “Enable Logging.”
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How to view your printed documents history on your Windows 10 computer

1. Return to your Event Viewer, as depicted above.

2. Click “Open Saved Log…”

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Click “Open Saved Log” to view your print history.
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3. Your print history from the moment you turned on the setting will now appear.

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