Ways to Clear the Print Queue in Windows 10

Ways to Clear the Print Queue in Windows 10

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Common Printer Issues

Documents send to printer will wait for processing in the print queue. If too many documents are enqueued in it, then it may get stuck. In that event, you cannot print PDF or other documents. To take printouts, you may need to clear the print queue. Here is how to do it.

Common Print Spooler Troubleshooting Tips

You can sometimes see one particular file is not printing properly, and you may only have to remove that file from the print queue. If you wish to try deleting that file which creates the logjam, just apply the following fix.

  • Click on Settings.
  • Choose Printers.
  • Click on Open Queue.
  • Choose the file which you feel is causing the issue.
  • Click on Document, and select Cancel. This will delete the print job in the queue.

Cancel Printing Documents

If the print queue is stuck despite trying the above, then click on Printer in the menu bar and choose Cancel All Documents. This will delete the documents in the print queue. In computer language, these documents are known as print jobs.

If neither of the above approaches works, then perhaps your issue could be fixed with a restart of your printer and computer. Try restarting your PC and your printer. Detach wired connections from power, and plug these back in before your system restarts.

If none of the above solutions can resolve your backed up print spooler, then there are many other ways to fix the issue.

With the Windows Control Panel App

A way to clear the print spooler is using the Control Panel.

  • Type Control Panel in the search box in Windows 10 and choose the app.
  • Search for Printer in the box at the top right corner of the window.
  • Open Devices and Printers.
  • Right-click your printer icon.
  • Click on “See what’s printing”.
  • Click the Printer option in the menu bar.
  • Choose Cancel All Documents.

Printer Settings

With Command Prompt

Another way to clear it is to use the Command Prompt. If you are fine with using this rather technical method to fix the issue, you may want to try it.

  • Right-click the Start
  • Choose Command Prompt (admin).
  • Type the command Net stop spooler and press the Enter It will keep the print spooler from running.
  • Key in the command Del %systemroot%\system32\spool\printers\* /Q and press Enter.

Windows Command Prompt

  • Once you finish the above, start the spooler so that you can take printouts. For that, key in the command Net start spooler and press Enter.

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