If you have a long list of hung or corrupt print jobs in Microsoft Windows 11, 10, 8, or 7, you can clear the print queue easily by using either of these methods.
Clear Pring Queue from Command Line
You can clear the print queue using commands like this.
- Select Start.
- Right-click “Command Prompt” and select “Run as administrator“.
net stop spoolerthen press “Enter“.
del %systemroot%\System32\spool\printers\* /Qthen press “Enter“.
net start spoolerthen press “Enter“.
- The print queue on your Windows should now be cleared. Type
exit, then press “Enter” to exit the command window.
Clear Print Queue Using Windows
You can clear the print queue using this the Windows GUI.
- Hold down the Windows Key and press “R” to bring up the Run dialog.
services.msc, then press “Enter“.
- Find the “Print Spooler” service in the list. Right-click it, then select “Stop“.
- Leave the Services window open. Hold down the Windows Key and press “R” to bring up the Run dialog.
%systemroot%\System32\spool\printers\, then press “Enter“.
- Select all of the files by holding “CTRL” and pressing “A“.
- Press the “Delete” key to delete all of the files.
- Go back to the Services window, right-click “Print Spooler“, then select “Start“
Some files remain in the “printers” folder and will not allow me to delete them. How do I get rid of these?
Make sure the Print Spooler is stopped. If you’re sure it’s stopped, you might want to try opening a command prompt and running “chkfdsk /f /r” to run a check on the hard disk. Once complete, attempt to delete the file.