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How to Clear Stuck Print Jobs in the Spooler in Windows 7 or Later

How To Fix Printer Spooler Error

Clear Stuck Print Jobs

When print jobs get stuck as a long queue in the spooler it may slow down printing process in the background or even prevent sending further documents to be printed. If that happens, you will have to cancel the stuck print jobs in the print spooler service in order to resume productive printing at workplace. Oftentimes, clearing the software program that regulates sending print jobs to a local or a network printer in Windows can troubleshoot slow printing speeds in an office setup.

Restart the Spooler

Clearing the print spooler and restarting the Windows local service shall be the first step when trying to fix long print queues in the spooler. There are two ways to stop print spooler service in Windows, one manually and the other by creating a batch file. It is recommended to follow the batch script method since that can enable you to stop spooler with a mere click of the mouse button.

For that, open a blank text document in Notepad app and enter the below text strings verbatim and in separate lines.

  • net stop spooler
  • del /Q /F /S “%windir%\System32\spool\PRINTERS\*.*”
  • net start spooler
Print Spooler Service Not Running

Common Printer Issues

After entering the three lines without formatting, save the Notepad with .bat file extension. For that, click on the File menu in Notepad app, select Save As, and choose a directory in Windows 7 to save the file. In the Field Name, key in Restart Print Spooler.bat, select All files in Saves as type, and click Save button.

Whenever you want to clear the print spooler service in Windows, you only need to double click the batch file so save it in a convenient location like in Documents. Better yet, send a shortcut of the batch file to desktop or Start menu, or wherever you can access it quickly, so that you can clear the spooler and restart it as per need.

In case you are using Windows 10, click Start menu, search Services, and open the best match, which is the Services app. In the subsequent window that pops up, search for and double click Print Spooler to launch its properties window. In the next pop-up window, select General tab and Stop the Running spooler manually. Since you may have to do this each time, the print queues get stuck, it is best to create a batch file.

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