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How To Reset Print Spooler On Windows 10?

Reset Print Spooler

Reset Print Spooler

Sometimes when you try to print a document your printer won’t print because a previous document is present in the queue. Even if you try to print other documents to check, they would still remain in the queue. This can be annoying as there is no print spooler error message, and the status is “Printing.” This happens because, in Windows the print files are first sent to the program print spooler to manage it before being sent to the printer. The files stay in queue when there is a problem with a file which forces other files to be printed to remain in the queue.

Shared below are some details to reset print spooler; read on to know more.

Before resetting the print spooler, try deleting the print job as it can resolve the issue in most of the scenarios; to do it, follow the steps below.

  • Go to “Settings” by clicking the Start button
  • In the settings window select “Devices” and in it select “Printers & scanners”
  • Now, click on “Open Queue” and select the file causing the error
  • “Cancel” the print job

If this does not resolve the issue then cancel all print jobs from the “Printer Menu” and if the problem still persists, then switch off the computer. Unplug all the cables and plug them back, switch on the system and wait for it to reboot. If the problem is not yet resolved then execute the following solutions to reset the print spooler.

Solution 1

As the previously mentioned simple fixes did not work, you will have to manually clear the print queue. You do it by following the steps below.

  • Switch off the printer
  • In the Windows search bar on bottom left type in “Services” and hit Enter.
  • In the Services window, scroll down to “Print Spooler” and double click it.
  • In the window that appears, click on “Stop” and it will disable the Print Spooler.
  • From the taskbar open Windows File Explorer and go to “C:\Windows\System32\spool\PRINTERS” and you will arrive at a folder that contains a log of print queue documents.
  • Press “Ctrl+A”, select all the files in it and Delete.
  • Following the previously mentioned steps open Print Spooler dialogue box and click on Start to turn on Printer Spooler.
  • Turn on the printer and print a document.

Solution 2

Print Spooler Error

Print Spooler Error

You can also clear the print queue using the command prompt, follow the steps below to execute it.

  • Switch off the printer
  • Hit Windows key + X
  • To switch off Print spooler, type in “net stop spooler” in the Command Prompt (Admin) window and hit Enter.
  • Type “C:\Windows\System32\spool\PRINTERS” and hit Return key; the print queue will be erased
  • Type “net start spooler” and hit Enter; it will turn on print spooler
  • Switch on the printer and print a document

These are the two of the ways in which you can reset print spooler on Windows 10.

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