See Everything Your Mac Printed

Mac OS X keeps track of all the jobs each Mac has printed to any printer. To see the list, open the Print & Fax preference pane, choose a printer, click the Open Print Queue… button.

Choose Jobs> Show Completed Jobs to see a list of jobs that were printed from that Mac. Choose Jobs> Show Everyone’s Jobs to see a list of jobs that were printed by all users.

Click on any Job, then on the Info icon to see everything about that print job.

Tip #2: To see everything about every printer on your network, type this into your Web browser:

This brings up the interface to CUPS, the Common UNIX Printing System used by Mac OS X for printing. There, you can see the current jobs printing to any printer, and a list of all jobs printed to that printer from your Mac. You can also stop jobs, restart jobs, stop a printer entirely, and control aspects of each printer, including printing its test page, configuring its options, setting it as the Default printer, or even removing it entirely from your Mac’s printing system.

Jeff Gamet is a contributing editor for Design Tools Monthly, the executive summary of graphic design news. He is also the morning editor and reviews editor for The Mac Observer and, and contributing writer for Layers Magazine and Photoshop User. He writes the InBrief column for InDesign Magazine, and is the author of “The Designer’s Guide to Mac OS X,” from Peachpit Press

When Jeff isn’t writing about the graphic design world, he’s talking about it on the Design Tools Weekly podcast with co-host Jay Nelson. He also talks about Apple and the Mac world every week on The Mac Observer’s Apple Weekly Report.

Jeff studies, tests and reviews new software and technologies for the Macintosh community as well as the design and print industries. He is a former Pre-press specialist, and has nearly 25 years experience with computer technology. Jeff trains, lectures and consults on techniques for more efficiently using Mac OS X in creative environments throughout the country.

In the rare moments when he can get away from his MacBook Pro, Jeff spends his time climbing and biking in the Colorado mountains.