Document Stuck In Queue

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You print a document on an installed printer and it gets stuck in the print queue. You can’t delete the “job” or get rid of it at all.

To Resolve:

  1. Run – cmd- net stop spooler (This stops the printer spooler service)

  2. Go to C:\windows\system32\spool\PRINTERS and C:\Windows\System32\spool\DRIVERS and delete any files there.

  3. Run – cmd- net start spooler (This starts the printer spooler service)

  4. If the printer is attached as a shared out printer, go on that computer and do the same steps.

  5. If the above doesn’t work, you have to look at Windows being corrupt, try these:

  • Replace the C:\Windows\system32\spoolsv.exe file with a fresh copy. I recommend running the Windows Repair Tool and rebooting.

  • Run – cmd – sfc/ scannow (This scans the OS files and determines if Windows is corrupt, it doesn’t always fix the issue. A reinstall or re-image may have to be done).

  1. You could also copy and paste the following into a batch file for later use:
net stop spooler
del %systemroot%\system32\spool\printers\*.shd
del %systemroot%\system32\spool\printers\*.spl
net start spooler