How to Clear Printer Queue in Windows 10 (Stalled Print Jobs)

How many times you had wanted to print a document, and it never printed because it was stuck in the printer pool. Now if you are wondering why it is stuck, even your tech guy will have a hard time figuring why do print jobs get stuck in the queue?. The problem is that some of these jobs do not get deleted from the Printer Queue. In this post, we will share how to Clear Printer Queue in Windows 10 (Stalled Print Jobs)

How to Clear Printer Queue in Windows 10 (Stalled Print Jobs)

This situation is called a “stuck printer job,”  and many a time I had seen that it has not allowed printing any other document till it was cleared. Though Modern algorithms should be handling this well, if you ever get into this kind of technical issue, below is are the solutions.

  1. Using Staller Printer Repair software
  2. Manually clearing the print queue

Using Staller Printer Repair software

Stalled Printer Repair is a free application, which allows you to magically get off this pain by detecting any stuck or stalled print job in any of your printer application and purges them.

why do print jobs get stuck in the queue?

It comes with a straightforward button which clears all the Printer Spool, which is a common area for printers. It will purge everything which means anything else in the queue is also deleted.

Now your question is, how does it do it? No Magic beans here, below is what it does, and you can do it manually if you don’t want this application which is free and portable.

How to manually delete or purge stalled Print Jobs

  1. Make sure all print jobs are complete and that no new print jobs are being submitted.
  2. Double-click Services in the Printer Control Panel and stop the “Print Spooler” service.
  3. Open the C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\SPOOL\PRINTERS in My Computer.
  4. Delete all files located in this folder. Files in the Printers are named xxxx.spl, xxxx.shd where xxxx is a hexadecimal number. Files with .shd and .spl extensions are printer files.
  5. Double-click Services in the Control Panel and start the “Print Spooler” services.
  6. Re-print any print jobs.

If you are using Windows, I would suggest you check out the Printer Management Interface, which is cool.

Lastly, don’t do all those stuff, download it from here


About Ashish Mohta

A Professional Tech blogger, Editor and Writer who talks about solving day to day problems of people who use computer. His expertise are in Windows 7, Microsoft Office, Software, Mobile Apps and Video Posts.

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