3 Ways to Clear Print Queue In Windows 10/11

3 Ways to Clear Print Queue In Windows 10/11, If you are unable to print, clearing the print queue may help resolve the problem. Here are 3 different ways to clear the print queue in Windows 11/10.

Clear Print Queue In Windows 10/11

When a print command is issued from a computer, the print command is sent to a print spooling service, which is designed to manage a list of print requests from the computer.

Therefore, even a single erroneous or corrupt print request can block the print queue and prevent all other print jobs from completing.

This problem can be easily fixed by clearing the print queue on your computer using any of the methods given below.

Clear the print queue with settings

An easy way to clear the print queue is to go to the Settings app on your Windows 10/11 computer.

Click on the Start button > Settings Icon > Devices > click on Printers & Scanners in the left pane. In the right-pane, select your Printer and click on the Open Queue option.

settings printers and scanners
Clear Print Queue In Windows 10/11

On the next screen, right-click on the Document stuck in the print queue (if any) and click on Cancel to remove the document from the print Queue.

Clear Print Queue In Windows 10/11

Once the jammed document is removed from the print queue, the printing problem on the computer should be resolved.

Delete the print queue using the command prompt

If you prefer to use the command prompt, you can use the net stop spooler command to clear the print queue.

Type Command Prompt in the Search Bar > right-click on Command Prompt in the search results and click on the Open As Administrator option.

command prompt run as administrator

On Command Prompt screen, type the following commands one by one and press the Enter key after each command.

  1. Type net stop spooler and press the Enter Key.
  2. Type del %systemroot%\System32\spool\printers* /Q and press the Enter Key.
  3. Type net start spooler and press the Enter Key.
cancels the selected documents cmd

After executing these commands, you will find that the print queue on your computer has been completely deleted. This allows you to send new print requests without encountering blocking issues.

Clear the print queue using a Windows service

Right-click on the Start button and click on Run. In the Run Command window, type services.msc and click on Run.

cmd services msc

On the services screen, right-click on Print Spooler and click on Stop.

services print spooler stop

Leave the Services Window open (do not close it yet).

Open Run Command, type %systemroot%\System32\spool\printers\ in the Run Command Windows, and click on OK.

run spool printer

Note: You can also navigate to OS (C) > Windows > System32 > Spool > Printers using File Explorer.

On the next screen, select All Files in the Printers Folder and Delete them.

printer delete

After that, go back to the Services window and restart the Print Spooler service (right-click the Print Spooler entry and click Start).

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