In corporate offices, plenty of formal letters are distributed and posted to their destinations. But what if you struggle with every document you print? Yes, this problem is happening with some Windows 10 users, resulting in the waste of pages as well as time. Specifically, when they offer a print command, the document gets stuck in between, and even after restarting the printer, it remains stuck and later appears as a waste.
The problem is not limited to any certain printer, but some people, especially those on Windows 10, are having this problem. There can be any reason for such an issue, whether it is physical damage to the printer or some issue with your PC. For that reason, no one can identify the exact problem behind this issue. But don’t worry, we have done some research based on which we will provide you with a fix here.
How to Fix Printer Spooler Problems on Windows 10
Printers use a tool called a Spooler to prevent conflicts between multiple users. The spooler generates jobs for the printer and picks up the output. However, when the Spooler stops working, documents can get stuck in the printing process. This happens because the Spooler malfunctions and fails to pick up the output, causing documents to get stuck. You might think that you need to take your printer to a service centre, but wait! If Spooler is malfunctioning, there is a simple cause behind it: some files are corrupting its service. You need to stop the service and delete those corrupted files, then resume it again. You have two options to do this: restart the Spooler program from scratch or use Command Prompt commands. It’s up to you which option you choose. Don’t worry, we will share both methods below.
- Open the Start menu.
- Search for “services.msc” and open the Services console.
- Right-click on the Print Spooler and select Properties.
- Click on the General tab, and then click the Stop button.
- Press the Windows + R keys to open the Run dialogue box.
- Type “\Windows\System32\spool\printers” in the given field and search for it.
- Select all the files in the printer folder and delete them.
- Go back to the Print Spooler Properties page and click Start to resume the service.
- Click OK to apply the changes.
After doing these steps, you will see the printer Spooler start working on Windows 10. Remember, you can do the entire process using a combination of a few commands. To do this, open the Command Prompt from the Start menu. Note that it should be open under “Run as an administrator”. Now type “net stop spooler” to stop Spooler, then type “del /Q /F /S “%systemroot%\System32\Spool\Printers\.“” to delete corrupt Spooler files, and type “net start spooler” to resume the Spooler service. With these three commands, you can achieve the same result as the above steps.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q1. How can I clear the print spooler and fix printing problems in Windows 10?
Ans. The steps outlined here to fix the Spooler problem are usually sufficient, unless there is physical damage.
Q2. How do I reset my print spooler?
Ans. Simply clear the Spooler files, and you’re done.
Q3. How can I permanently disable the print spooler?
Ans. From the Print Spooler Properties page, select the drop-down next to “Startup” and choose “Disabled”.
Q4. How can I stop the spooler in CMD?
Ans. You can use the “net stop Spooler” command in cmd to stop the Spooler.
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