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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  • Nicholas K

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

  • Hes

    dident work for me

  • Sara

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

  • Speck333

    THANK YOU!!!!!!

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

  • Anonymous

    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.

  • Anonymous

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

  • K.D.

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

  • Chris

    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.