Windows 7/Vista: Clear Print Queue

If you have a long list of hung print jobs in Windows 7 or Vista, you can clear the print queue easily by using these steps.

1. Click Start.

2. Type Command.

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

4. Type net stop spooler then press Enter.

5. Type del %systemroot%\System32\spool\printers\* /Q then press Enter.

6.  Type net start spooler then press Enter.

The print queue on your Windows 7/Vista system should now be cleared. Type exit and press Enter to exit the command window.


  1. UB says

    The prompt does not work for me.

    Says Process cannot access the file because it is being used by another file. File names in use are listed as FP00000.SPL and FP00017.SPL

    What should I do to eliminate this issue?

  2. Roshan KV Remesh says

    I also have experienced the same problem ,Using Ur cute trick i have get ride my problem .Amazing Thank u

  3. carodwen says

    OMG. This is a friggin lifesaver. I was seriously losing my mind! bookmarking this just in case

  4. steve says

    excellent advice worked a treat many thanks for your experience and time to share your knowledge.
    regards steve

  5. Joe says

    A 5 page document continued to automatically print every 10 minutes and wouldn’t clear from my printing queue. I followed these steps and it worked like a charm. Thank you for your help!

  6. JD says

    All the mentioned solution are tried and worked well. But post starting the computer from hibernation the same problem is repeating again and again. As my end user don’t have relevant admin access it is becoming too difficult for me resolve again and again, is there any permanent solution to avoid this repeated incident?

  7. Betsy W says

    You made my day. I was so frustrated that I could not delete print drivers because there was an old print job in the queues. Couldn’t open the queues because there was no printer attached. Vicious circle there.

    I used your handy dandy how-to which emptied the queues and a deleting I did go! Nice and tidy printer list now – thank you very much.

  8. Atisiv_dev says

    This is great! Simple but very helpful… Thank you so much. I saved a lot of time.

  9. T Harskjold says

    You are the man! Played with Bluetooth, msconfig, spooler files, safe mode etc. and none of them worked. As soon as I pressed exit it started loading drivers. Thanks

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