Use the Dock on your Mac to check on a printer or print job
While a document is printing, you can check your printer’s status in the Dock. You can also pause, resume, cancel, or change a printing job as needed.
Check your printer’s status
When you print, your printer icon appears in the Dock. The icon may have a colored badge that indicates its status.
Red badge: The printer is printing. The badge shows the number of print jobs in the printer queue.
Green badge with a pause symbol: The printer is paused. If you print to it, you’re asked whether to resume printing or queue the print job to print later. If you queue the print job, your document waits in the queue until you resume printing. You might want to do this if you aren’t currently connected to the printer.
Yellow badge: The printer has a problem you need to fix. For example, it could have a paper jam or need ink, toner, or paper. You may need to resume printing after you fix the problem.
For more information about a print job, click the printer’s icon in the Dock. For each print job, a progress bar and messages below it show whether the document is printing or on hold. For example, “Paused” appears below a print job if printing has been paused.
Pause, resume, cancel, or change printing
On your Mac, click the printer’s icon in the Dock while a document is printing.
To see information about print jobs, choose Jobs > Quick Look Job, Jobs > Show My Jobs, or Jobs > Show Everyone’s Jobs. Do any of the following:
Pause a print job: Select it, then click the Hold Job button on the right (marked with two lines).
To pause all print jobs to a printer, click Pause in the toolbar.
Resume a print job: Select it, then click the Resume Job button on the right (marked with a curved arrow).
To resume all print jobs to a printer, click Resume in the toolbar.
Delete a print job: Select it, then click the Delete Job button on the right (marked with an X).
You can’t delete print jobs on another user’s shared printer.
Skip to a specific page while printing: Select the print job for the document, click the Hold Job button on the right (marked with two lines), then choose Jobs > Resume Job On Page and enter a page number.
Move a print job to a different printer: Open windows for both printers, then drag the print job from the current printer’s window to the other printer’s window.
To open a printer’s window, open Printers & Scanners preferences, select the printer in the list at the left, then click Open Print Queue.
View information about completed print jobs
After you print, you can view information about a document you printed, such as the time and date.
On your Mac, choose Apple menu > System Preferences, then click Printers & Scanners.
Select the printer you used in the list at the left, then click Open Print Queue.
Choose Window > Show Completed Jobs, then do one of the following:
See your print jobs: Choose Jobs > Show My Jobs.
See print jobs submitted by other users on this computer: Choose Jobs > Show Everyone’s Jobs.