How to Clear a Problem With a Print Spooler



How to Stop Printer Spooling on a Windows Computer

Three Methods:

Printers can be tedious machines to use. This article will cover one of the most common printer problems: spooling. Printer Spooling, an acronym for Simultaneous Peripheral Operations On-line, is the term given to the system on your computer which receives and orders print commands. Occasionally, you will want to stop this system, in order to prevent the printer spooling system from issuing a command to your printer to print a document you did not want to print. At one point or another, you may have accidentally printed out a document twice, unplugged the printer before it finished, then re-plugged it to find that it still remembers the document you didn't want to print.

Steps

Using the Command Prompt

  1. Open the Start menu.You can open the Start menu by pressing either the Windows key on your keyboard, or by clicking the Start icon in the lower left corner of your screen.
  2. Type cmd.In the start menu, typecmd, which is the code for Command Prompt. You should see the Command Prompt program listed.
  3. Open the Command Prompt as an administrator.Right-click the Command Prompt icon and selectRun As Administratorfrom the dropdown menu. Clickyeson the pop-up warning dialog box.
    • The command prompt allows you to enter in text-based commands to your computer. These commands can also be accomplished by using the graphical interface, your keyboard, and the mouse, but you can sometimes save time by using the command prompt
  4. Type "net stop spooler".Typenet stop spoolerinto the command prompt, then pressEnter. You will see a line saying,The Print Spooler service is stopping. After a bit of time, and if successful, you will seeThe Print Spooler service was stopped successfully.
  5. Delete print jobs.In order for the printer to not just start printing out documents once you restart spooling, you will have to cancel any outstanding print jobs. Enter C:\Windows\system32\spool\PRINTERS into the File Explorer address bar and pressEnter. You may be asked toContinueas an admin from a pop-up dialog box. ClickContinueif prompted.
    • Do not delete the PRINTERS folder, only the entries inside.
  6. Restart the spooling.In order for your system to print documents in the future, you will have to restart the spooling service. Typenet start spoolerinto the command prompt and pressEnter. If successful, you will seeThe Print Spooler service was started successfully.
  7. Close the Command Prompt.The spooling service should now be terminated and your printer will no longer print any documents from the queue. You can close the command prompt.

Using Administrative Tools

  1. Pause printing.If possible, pausing printing will stop the queue momentarily and will give you time to cancel the tasks already in the queue.
  2. Open Control Panel.Press the Windows key, typeControl Panel, then pressEnter.
  3. Find and double-click on Administrative Tools.Within the Control Panel, you should see an option listed, titledAdministrative Tools. Opening this option will allow you to access system preferences and settings.
    • Note that altering too many options within the Administrative Tools program does have the potential to damage your system. Try to stick to the task of stopping printer spooling.
  4. Find and double-click on Services.Within the Administrative Tools window, you should see an option titled,Services. Double-click this option to open up a list of current services running on your computer.
    • If you have trouble finding this option, try tapping the 's' key while in the Administrative Tools window. Each time you press the 's' key, you will automatically cycle through all the options in the list which start with the letter 's'.
  5. Right-click "Print Spooler" and select Stop.Within the Services window, find and right-click on thePrint Spooleroption. From the dropdown menu, select theStopoption. This will end the spooling service and cancel any documents in the printer queue.
    • If you have trouble finding thePrint Spooleroption, try tapping the 'p' key to cycle through all options in the list that start with the letter 'p'.
  6. Delete print jobs.In order for the printer to not just start printing out documents once you restart spooling, you will have to cancel any outstanding print jobs. Enter C:\Windows\system32\spool\PRINTERS into the File Explorer address bar and pressEnter. You may be asked toContinueas an admin from a pop-up dialog box. ClickContinueif prompted.
    • Do not delete the PRINTERS folder, only the entries inside.
  7. Restart spooling.Right-click the samePrint Spooleroption and clickStart. Your printer should now be ready to accept new print jobs.

Using the Task Manager

  1. Open Task Manager.Press + +Delete, then click Task Manager.
  2. Click the services tab.From the tabs on the top of the Task Manager window, click the one titled,ServicesYou will see a list of all services currently running on your computer.
  3. Stop spooling.Find theSpoolerservice, right-click, and selectStopfrom the dropdown menu.
    • If you have trouble finding the Spooler service, try tapping the 's' key to cycle through all items in the list that start with the letter 's'.
  4. Delete print jobs.In order for the printer to not just start printing out documents once you restart spooling, you will have to cancel any outstanding print jobs. Enter C:\Windows\system32\spool\PRINTERS into the File Explorer address bar and pressEnter. You may be asked toContinueas an admin from a pop-up dialog box. ClickContinueif prompted.
    • Do not delete the PRINTERS folder, only the entries inside.
  5. Restart the spooler.Right-click theSpooleroption from the Task Manager's service list and selectStartfrom the dropdown menu.

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    What if I got in trouble for printing too much on the school printer?
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    Apologize and tell the school staff it won't happen again. They may ask you to refrain from using the printer for a week or so as punishment, but that's about the worst that will happen.
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  • Be very careful when cancelling out processes, as this may cause system instability or failure.

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