Clear Print Queues

by Rohit Khurana on December 11, 2008

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Trouble:

It happens some times when you try to delete a printing job from the job printing queue but it does not delete and your printer does not print anything, In such a case the print queue got jammed and all the print jobs fail as the printer does not print anything.

 

It happens because the print spooler service which is responsible for maintaining and running the print queue gets hanged due to which the print jobs refuse to work and jam the print queue.

print-jobs-queue

Now, you want to cancel and delete all the printing jobs for which you can use two ways – either doing all this manually by yourself or by using a free utility print flush.

Let’s see how can your delete all print jobs by both ways

Fix:

Manual Method

Manually Deleting Print Queue

 

1. Open Start Menu >> Run, type services.msc and press Enter

2. Locate the service named Print Spooler

print-spooler

3. Right Click and Select Stop

print-spooler-stop

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4. Open the windows directory at the following path:

C:\WINDOWS\system32\spool\PRINTERS

Delete everything inside this folder but don’t  delete the PRINTERS folder only delete all the contents inside this folder.

 

5. Now On the services window right click the Print Spooler service again, right click and select Start

print-spooler-start

Now after starting print spooler service go back to print job queue and refresh the queue, you will not see any print jobs there all the print jobs will be removed.

 

Automatic Method

Deleting Print Jobs Queue with Print Flush

 

Above method is seems cumbersome to use and apply as in involves many steps including Starting and Stopping Print Spooler service, same thing can be done with a simple free utility Print Flush.

 

print-flush

 

Print Flush simply cleans the printing queue in the print spool, but if some thing goes wrong with your printer driver or of it is incorrectly installed. Print flush can save you will hell lot of time and effort if your printer was working properly but suddenly stopped printing.

 

Print Flush is cool easy to use program which does not require any installation you just need to download and extract the executable and double click the file again.

 

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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Brad Kovach December 11, 2008 at 4:53 pm

Thank you very much for the kind review of Print Flush. I’m glad you find its functions worth while.

Just a heads up: I’m working on a Windows GUI version that’s less intimidating.

Brad Kovach
http://www.bradkovach.com

Stacy Kinsler June 8, 2009 at 7:53 am

THIS worked perfectly on my Home Vista! Thank you for the detailed instructions and screenshots.

jan January 24, 2010 at 3:09 am

THANKS! i was losing my mind. . . this was very helpful

ROMA EDMONDS July 22, 2010 at 6:02 am

Hey, thanks for Printflush! I was getting very frustrated trying everyone else’s solutions for clearing my print queue and Printflush was fast and easy. Thanks again!

schmikes August 3, 2010 at 8:51 pm

A .bat file with the following content:

net stop spooler
del /f C:\Windows\System32\spool\printers\*.*
net start spooler

shouldn´t do exactly what you propose to do?

Regards.

Stephanie May 3, 2011 at 3:35 pm

YAY! THANK YOU!!!!!

Utkarsh July 2, 2011 at 3:55 pm

Thank you very much. Solved the problem quickly.

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