How to the Clear Printer Queue in Windows 11

This post shows students and new users steps to clear the printer queue in Windows 11. When you print in Windows, what you print first goes to the the print queue. Sometimes, you may encounter errors in Windows which may prevent users from printing new documents.

In many instances, clearing the printer queue may resolve your issues and allow users to print documents again.

Windows allows users to view and cancel print jobs after starting by accessing the print queue via the notification area or through the Windows Settings app. One of the most frustrating thing is when a job won’t print or gets stuck in the printing queue.

You can’t simply cancel the print jobs. In situations like these, you may have to clear the print queue, and the steps below show you how to do that in Windows 11.

Sometimes, canceling a print job may help. But if that won’t resolve your issues, your other option may be to clear the print queue.

If you want to lean how to cancel a print job, read the post below:

How to cancel a print job in Windows 11.

How to clear a print queue in Windows 11

As mentioned above, one can clear the print queue to resolve issues in Windows 11. The steps below will show you how to forcefully clear the queue, so that they may continue printing other documents.

First, open the Services console and stop the Print spooler. You can press the Windows Key, then search for and select Services app.

Once the Services console opens, local the Print spooler service, the stop it. Right click on the Print spooler service and select Stop.

windows 11 print spooler stop

Next, press the Windows key + E on your keyboard to open a File Explorer window. In File Explorer, use the environment variable to locate the Print spooler folder.

Type the path below in File Explorer to go to the Print spooler folder.

%windir%\System32\spool\PRINTERS

Delete all files in this folder.

print queue folder empty

The print queue should now be empty. Now go back to the Services console and start the Print spooler service back up or restart your computer.

Go and print again, and hopefully this should resolve your print issues.

That should do it!

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to clean the print queue in Windows 11. If you find any error above or have something to add, please use the comment form below.

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