Windows 7: How to Clear the Print Queue

It’s always a major pain when you check your printer queue and see a long list of items that never made it to the printer (something went wrong). Here’s a quick and easy way to clear your printer queue, so when you’ve solved the problem, you won’t get slammed by all of those queued items.

1. Click the Start Orb.

2. Click All Programs and select Accessories.

3. Right-click Command Prompt and select Run as administrator.

4. Input net stop spooler and press Return.

5. Input del %systemroot%\System32\spool\printers\* /Q and press Return.

6. Input net start spooler and press Return.

Your printer queue should now be cleared and ready to go.


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8 Responses to “Windows 7: How to Clear the Print Queue”

  1. August 18, 2010 at 10:03 pm, Nicholas K said:

    Thanks… This always bugs me when I can’t clear the printer spooler/status. Worked perfectly!


  2. November 24, 2010 at 5:12 pm, Hes said:

    dident work for me


  3. February 14, 2011 at 5:11 pm, Sara said:

    That was great, thank you. I’m a techofobe so I was very pleased when someone had put a step by step online!


  4. April 02, 2011 at 3:06 am, Speck333 said:

    THANK YOU!!!!!!

    One would think that Microsoft would offer this to their CUSTOMERS for free since their product @#$%@# up.


  5. July 22, 2011 at 1:42 pm, Anonymous said:

    After all these years, Windows still has this problem. Network printing, and hanging in the print queue of print jobs increased. It gives users a headache.


  6. July 23, 2011 at 11:30 am, Anonymous said:

    It is interesting that Windows 7 can  Clear the Print Queue.


  7. September 04, 2012 at 4:29 pm, K.D. said:

    Thanks so much!!! I tried so many other suggestions on the internet that did not work…this did the trick!


  8. April 05, 2014 at 7:44 am, Chris said:

    It cleared the Que, but now the printer will not even print a test print page. Have returned to c prompt and repeated net start spooler with no change in ability to print. Open to suggestions.


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