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Track printer usage

Updated: January 21, 2005

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

To track printer usage

  1. Open Printers and Faxes.

  2. Right-click the printer you want to audit, and then click Properties.

  3. Click the Security tab, click the Advanced button, and then click the Auditing tab.

  4. Click Add, and then click the user or group whose printer access you want to audit.

  5. In the Access column, click successful and failed printing events you want to audit, and then click OK twice.


  • To open Printers and Faxes, click Start, and then click Printers and Faxes.

  • Successful means you want to audit all successful attempts to perform this action.

  • Failed means you want to audit all failed attempts to perform this action.

  • You can view the audit information in the security log file.

Information about functional differences

  • Your server might function differently based on the version and edition of the operating system that is installed, your account permissions, and your menu settings. For more information, see Viewing Help on the Web.

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