Clear Print Queue in Windows 11 & 10

Clear Print Queue in Windows 11 & 10
Manually Clear Print Queue in Windows 10 & 11

These are two methods to manually clear the print queue in both Windows 10 and Windows 11. Below will be a method for clearing in both the CMD and using the GUI.

Method 1: (Command Line)

  1. Click the Start Button (⊞).
  2. Type Command Prompt.
  3. Right-click on Command Prompt and select Run as administrator.
  4. Type net stop spooler and then press Enter.
  5. Type del %systemroot%\System32\spool\printers\* /Q then press Enter.
  6. Type net start spooler then press Enter.
  7. The print queue on your PC should now be cleared. Type exit and press Enter to exit the command window.

Method 2: (GUI)

  1. Hold down the Windows Key (⊞) and press R to open the Run Dialog.
  2. Type services.msc, and press Enter.
  3. Find the Print Spooler service in the list. Right-click on it, then select Stop.
  4. Leave the Services window open. Hold down the Windows Key (⊞) and press R to open the Run Dialog again.
  5. Type %systemroot%\System32\spool\printers\, then press Enter.
  6. Select all of the files by holding CTRL and pressing A.
  7. Press the Delete key to remove all the files in the opened window.
  8. Go back to the Services window, right-click Print Spooler, and click Start to re-start the print spool service.

Thanks for Reading,

Max Kulik


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