Easy Ways to Clear Print Queue



The print jobs is stuck and you cannot print your document. If it happens to you at the moment, you can try to open the printing process and clear the print queue or spooler. This is quite easy to do. If you have no idea on how to clear the print queue, you can follow the methods we will discuss on this post. Have a look:

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How to Clear Print Queue/Spooler

Here is an easy guide to clear your print queue:

1) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key printer   and R at the same time to invoke the Run box.

2) Type services.msc and press Enter to open the Services window:


3) Click Print Spooler, then Stop.

4) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key printer   and E at the same time to open the Windows File Explorer.

5) Go to C:WindowsSystem32SpoolPRINTERS.


If you’re prompted about permission, click Continue.

6) Delete all the files in PRINTERS folder. You should then see This folder is empty:

Till now, you should succeed to clear your print spooler. If you want to print files again, remember to restart your Print Spooler service.

In the Services window, click Print Spooler, then Start.

Additional tip:

If your print jobs stuck in print queue/spooler, another solution you can try is to update your printer driver. You can update your printer driver manually or, if you’re not confident playing around with drivers, you can do it automatically with Driver Easy.

Driver Easy will automatically recognize your system and find the correct drivers for it. You don’t need to know exactly what system your computer is running, you don’t need to risk downloading and installing the wrong driver, and you don’t need to worry about making a mistake when installing.

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You can update your drivers automatically with either the FREE or the Pro version of Driver Easy. But with the Pro version it takes just 2 clicks (and you get full support and a 30-day money back guarantee):

1) Download and install Driver Easy.

2) Run Driver Easy and click the Scan Now button. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers.


3) Click the Update button next to a flagged printer driver to automatically download and install the correct version of this driver (you can do this with the FREE version).

Or click Update All to automatically download and install the correct version of all the drivers that are missing or out of date on your system (this requires the Pro version – you’ll be prompted to upgrade when you click Update All).


4) Reboot your Windows and try to use your printer to check if it works.


Now, the print queue or spooler is clean and you can try to print your document once again. We hope it is helpful for you. In case you stuck in following the steps, you can use the comments box to let us know. We will do our best to help you with it. Thank you for reading.


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