Forcefully Clear the Print Queue in Windows 10

Forcefully Clear the Print Queue in Windows 10: Many of the printer users might have to face the circumstances where you are trying to print something but nothing happens. The reasons for not printing and the print job getting stuck can be many but there is one frequent cause that is when the printer queue has a stuck with its print jobs. Let me take a scenario where you previously tried to print something, but that time your printer was off. So, you skipped the printing of document at that moment & you forgot about it. Later or after few days, you again plan to give a print; but the job for printing is already listed in the queue and hence, as the queued job didn’t automatically get removed, you current print command will remain at the end of queue and won’t get print printed until all other listed jobs get printed.

Forcefully Clear the Print Queue in Windows 10

There are cases when you can manually go in & remove the print job but this will keep on happening. In such type of scenario, you have to clear your system’s print queue manually following some specific steps. This article will show you how to Forcefully Clear the Print Queue in Windows 10 using the below-listed guide. In case your Microsoft Windows 7, 8, or 10 is having a lengthy list of corrupt print jobs, you can take adequate measure to Forcefully Clear the Print Queue by following the technique mentioned below.

How to Forcefully Clear the Print Queue in Windows 10

Make sure to create a restore point just in case something goes wrong.

Method 1: Manually Clear Print Queue

1.Go to Start and search “Control Panel”.

Type control panel in the search

2.From “Control Panel”, go to “Administrative Tools”.

From “Control Panel”, go to “Administrative Tools”

3.Double click the “Services” option. Scroll down in the list to search for “Print Spooler” service.

Under Administrative Tools double-click on Services option

4.Now right-click on Print Spooler service and select “Stop”. In order to perform this, you have to be logged in as Administrator-mode.

print spooler service stop

5.It is to be noted that, at this stage, no user of this system will be able to print anything on any of your printers which are connected to this server.

6.Next, what you have to do is, to visit the following path: C:\Windows\System32\spool\PRINTERS

Navigate to PRINTERS folder under Windows System 32 folder

Alternatively, you can manually type “%windir%\System32\spool\PRINTERS” (without quotes) in your system Explorer’s address bar when your C drive is not having the default Windows partition.

7.From that directory, delete all the existing files from that folder. This action of your will clear all print queue jobs from your list. In case you are performing this on a server, it is a better thought to first make certain no other print jobs are in the list for processing, in association with any printers because the above step will also delete those print jobs from the queue as well.

8.One last thing left, is to go back to the “Services” window and from there right-click the Print Spooler service & choose “Start” for starting the print spooling service back again.

Right-click on Print Spooler service and select Start

Method 2: Clear Print Queue Using Command Prompt

There is an alternate option also to perform the same entire cleaning queue process. Just you have to use a script, code it and execute it. What you can do is create a batch file (blank notepad > put the batch command > File > Save As > filename.bat as ‘All files’) with any file name (let suppose printspool.bat) and put the below-mentioned commands or you can even type them in the command prompt (cmd) also:

net stop spooler
del %systemroot%\System32\spool\printers\* /Q /F /S
net start spooler

Commands to Clear the Print Queue in Windows 10


I hope the above steps were helpful and now you can Forcefully Clear the Print Queue in Windows 10 whenever you want but if you still have any questions regarding this tutorial then feel free to ask them in the comment’s section.

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