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How to Clear the Print Queue in Windows 10 (Without Restarting)

Sometimes you may on a situation where you try to print something and nothing happens? You wait for it to print, but the job doesn’t go through? Actually, when you send a print command the print files are not directly sent to the printer. They first arrive in the print spooler, which is a program manages all print jobs. But sometimes if print spooler service not running or spooler files corrupted you may face print jobs stay in the queue after printing or document won’t delete from print queue windows 10. And clear print spooler most probably fixes the issue.

Fix Print job won’t delete windows 10

If you are in such situation, printer documents in the queue but won’t print here we have different ways to clear the Print Queue in Windows 10.

The simple and easy way to delete a print job in Windows 10,

  • Press Windows + I to open the settings app
  • Click devices then printer & scanners,
  • Select Printer and Click on Open Queue
  • This will show all the print jobs in the queue.
  • Right-click on each print job and select “Cancel” option.
  • In the confirmation window, click on the “Yes” button.

Delete Files from the Windows Print Spooler Directory

If you are unable to clear printer queue from the settings app, here follow steps below to delete them from the windows print spooler directory.

  • Press Windows + R, type services.msc and ok to open services console,
  • Scroll down and look for service named print spooler,
  • Right click on print spooler service and select stop,
  • Then press Windows + R, on the keyboard, type below path and click ok,
  • %windir%\System32\spool\PRINTERS
  • Here delete all the files inside the printers folder,
  • Now again open services console and start the print spooler service.
  • To do this right click on print spooler service select start.

Clear Printer Spooler Files

That’s all, now try printout some documents, you may notice there is no more print jobs stay in the queue after printing windows 10.

Clear print spooler via CMD

Also, you can use windows command prompt to clear print spooler and clear stuck print jobs on Windows 10, 8.1 and 7.

  • Search for command prompt, right click and select run as administrator,
  • Type command net stop spooler press enter key to stop the print spooler service,
  • Next type command del %systemroot%\System32\spool\printers\* /Q and press “Enter“ to clear print spooler directory,
  • And finally, type net start spooler press “Enter“ to again start the print spooler service.
  • That’s all the print queue on your Windows should now be cleared.

Clear print spooler via CMD

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