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How to Forcefully Clear the Print Queue in Windows?

Have you ever encountered the situation when you want to print a document and it gets stuck? Or you have stopped printing but the printer is still printing out the documents? You must have I am sure. If you are an avid printer user you must have faced this situation. If it is so, let’s check out how to clear printer queue.

I know you might be wondering what is the connection between the problems I specified above and to clear print queue. Let me tell you there is a big connection between both of them. I will explain how.

When you try to print something and nothing happens or the printer gets stuck amid. This situation occurs when the printer queue has a stuck print job or a paper jam.

Let me explain to you how it happens, For example, you tried to print something and for some reason, the printer couldn’t print it. Or you hit the print button but you realize that you don’t need it, and immediately switch off the printer or remove the papers. In such situations windows saves that as a print job.

In fact, whenever you hit the print button, windows saves that as a print job. You can also Print Labels in Word. Here is easy guide to print Labels in MS Word.

And whenever, at the later time, you switch on the printer to print any document printer starts automatically printing the previous stuff that you don’t even need. So to avoid such situation either we have to restart print spooler or to cancel a print job. This is what we will be covering in today’s guide. 

How to Forcefully Clear the Print Queue in Windows

In this article, we will see how to cancel a print job. Also, we will get to learn how to restart print spooler just stay tuned with the guide and learn to manage the print queue in windows.

Below I have shared three different methods to clear the print queue in windows. So why to waste much time, let’s get started with the guide. If you wanted to connect a wireless printer, here is something for you about connecting a wireless printer.

#Method 1: Clear print queue using Control Panel

Step 1: First of all, go to run and type Control Printers and hit enter or click on ok. 

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Step 2: When you click on the ok button, you will see a screen where all the devices connected to the system will appear. You have to go to the printer section and right click on the default printer. Now click on see what’s printing option.

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Step 3: After you click on the see what’s printing option, a new window will pop up. Here you have to go to the printer option from the menu bar. And click on Cancel All Documents. All the pending jobs in the queue will be canceled. If you didn’t get what I meant, check out the screenshot below.

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#Method 2: Clear print queue using Command Prompt

However, above method is best and most easy method to cancel the pending jobs in the print queue. But in case, even after following the above method you still face the same problem or document stuck in print queue, then you can use this method too. In this method all you will have to do is use some command in the command prompt.

Let’s see The steps are given below.

Step 1: First of all go to the command prompt. To go to the command prompt, right-click the bottom-left corner of the screen and select “Command Prompt. Remember you have to choose the one with admin privileges. Else, you will get the “Access Denied” error.

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Step 2: Once the command prompt is open, first type the command to stop the spooler service. the command is given below.

Net Stop Spooler

Step 2: Once done, type the below-given command and hit enter.

del %systemroot%\System32\spool\printers\* /Q /F /S

Now again, restart the spooler service by typing the following command.

Net Start Spooler

And you are done. The print spooler service has started successfully. Check the screenshot below.

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The first and the last commands are very obvious as they are to start and stop the print spooler service. The middle command i.e “del %systemroot%\System32\spool\printers\* /Q /F /S” is to delete everything in the printers folder.

In the command, Q refers to the quiet mode. Which means you won’t get a confirmation if you want to delete each file. F delete all read-only files. And S deletes any subdirectories if exist.

#Method 3: Clear print queue manually

If you are not comfortable with commands or with the first method I described, still not to worry. You can still clear print queue manually. To do so, follow the below steps.

Step 1:  Go to start menu and then go to Control Panel.

Step 2: In the control panel, go to Administrative Tools. When you click on the administrative tool, you will see a handful of options. One of the options is Services. Double click on it. In case, of any doubt, refer the below screenshot.

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Step 3: After clicking on services, again you will see many options there. Simply scroll down and  go to Print Spooler. Right click on it, and click on stop. Check the screenshot below.

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Step 4: Once done, go to the following directory: C:\WINDOWS\System32\spool\PRINTERS and hit enter. You can also use %windir%\System32\spool\PRINTERS. 

This will clear all the print queues immediately. After following all the above steps, go to services console and right-click and choose Start for the Print Spooler service! You can also type the command as I said above in the above method. 

Anytime if you want to stop the print spooler service. simply follow the above-given steps or the command that is Net Start Spooler”

So this was all about how to clear printer queue. Remember deleting content from folder never harms your system. So, in case, if you are confused what the files are for, you can delete them.

After reading the complete article I am quite sure you won’t face any problem while following the steps. But in case if you do, don’t hesitate to ask. We are just a click away. Do you like your Instagram photos or any Instagram photos for that matter, print them. Here is how you can print Instagram Photos.

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Sonam is an IT engineer by education and passionate freelance writer/blogger by profession. She is a tech enthusiast and loves to read and write about technology. Her hobbies include reading, watching TV, delving into new things and creating interesting content to help people with all things tech!!

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