In my office, we have a great laser printer/hole puncher/stapler/duplexer that I use for 99% of my printing. Unfortunately, it is at the other side of the building. While the exercise is obviously good for me, I was hoping there was some way to see a log of recently printed files. Frequently I will think I printed a number of documents and then go to the printer to find that some are printed, some are not and some are printed twice. This is no fault of the printer, I just tend to forget things easily so I was hoping there was some easy solution where I could see the time and title of files printed. Basically exactly like the print dialog that you can see before and during printing something, except that as soon as a document is complete it is deleted. I am using Windows 7.
As I see it, I can either set the printer to "Keep printed documents" which some websites say has to be cleared regularly especially if files are large.
Or, (and this is what I'm doing now) I'm using the Event Viewer and told it to enable logging under Applications and Services > Microsoft > Windows > PrintService > Operational. The problem with this method is that I have to open Event Viewer and click through the hierachy to get to the operational print logs ... and even then, for each print event, there are 6 logged activities, only one of which is the actual printing of the document.
There is also the print auditing feature but after turning it on I realized I don't know how to view the audits (if I even have permission to do so since I'm not an administrator); this I gave up on rather quickly.
Ideally, I would like the print dialog (that shows up in the notification section when you print something) to remain active with all the documents I've printed that day (or since reboot) still listed. Is there an easy way to do this or even some sort of script or something? It seems right now, I could set my printer to "Keep printed documents" and then maybe have something run at startup/shutdown that clears the print log. Or is that something that happens automatically on shutdown?