Computers, Laptops & Tablets Accessories & Hardware How to Cancel a Print Job Clear the printer queue and get rid of stuck print requests by Lisa Mildon Lifewire Tech Review Board Member & Writer Lisa Mildon is a Lifewire writer and an IT professional with 30 years of experience. Her writing has appeared in Geekisphere and other publications. our editorial process Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Lisa Mildon Updated on May 23, 2020 Accessories & Hardware Printers & Scanners Guide To Buying a New Printer The Quick Guide to Webcams Keyboards & Mice Monitors Cards HDD & SSD Raspberry Pi Tweet Share Email No matter what printer you use, you're likely to come across situations where you need to cancel a print job. Maybe you sent the wrong document, or a print job is taking too long and blocking other documents in the print queue. Whatever the cause of your errant printing situation, there are some easy ways to cancel a print job and clear the printer queue and printer spooler. Instructions in this article apply to printers in use with Windows 10 computers. How to Cancel a Print Job There are a few different approaches to canceling a print job. Cancel the print job via buttons or settings on the printer itself, from an application dialog box, from Windows Settings, through the Windows Taskbar, or from the Windows Control Panel. If all else fails, resetting the print spooler may solve the problem. CC0 BY 2.0 / Pxhere Cancel a Print Job Directly Through Your Printer While printers differ according to manufacturer and model, they all have similar functionality that can help stop a print job: Cancel, Reset, or Stop buttons: Most printers have a Cancel, Reset, or Stop button physically on the printer itself. It may take a combination of these buttons to stop a print job or clear the print queue. See your printer manufacturer's website or manual to learn more.Remove paper tray: Delay a print job by removing the paper tray. This will give you more time to cancel or clear your print job without wasting paper.Turn the printer off: Sometimes turning your printer off and then back on again will clear the print job. This isn't always the case, however. It's worth a try to turn off the printer, unplug the power for a few seconds to let the printer reset fully, and then plug it back in and turn it on again. Cancel a Print Job Through an Application Dialog Box During printing, most applications will briefly display a printing dialog box that offers a cancellation option. This is the fastest way to cancel a print job, but you have to be quick to catch it and select Cancel. Clear the Print Queue Through Windows Settings It's fast and effective to go into Windows Settings and cancel a print job and clear the print queue, if necessary. You can also access the printer queue through the printer icon in the Taskbar. Select the Windows icon, then select the gear icon to open Windows settings. Select Devices. On the left-hand side, select Printers & scanners. Select the printer where you want to cancel the print job. Select Open queue. The print queue should open showing all print jobs for the printer you selected. Select the document, then select Document > Cancel. You can also right-click the print job and select Cancel, or, to cancel all print jobs, select Printer > Cancel All Documents. Select Yes. Your print job is now canceled. Clear the Print Queue Through Control Panel While not very visible in Windows 10, the Control Panel is still available to use for troubleshooting and other tasks, including clearing your print job. Within the Windows Taskbar, select Search or Cortana in the bottom left side of your screen. In the search box, enter Control Panel and select it. Select Devices and Printers. You should see all of your external devices and printers. Select the printer where you want to clear the print job. From the menu below the path, select See what's printing. You can also right-click the printer, then select See what's printing. A third way to access this option is to double-click the printer or right-click and select Open in a new window, then select See what's printing. Cancel the print job. How to Fix a Stuck Print Job Perhaps you don't need to stop a print job, but rather clear one that isn't working properly. There are additional steps to regain control of your printer. Go to your Taskbar and right-click the printer icon. Select Open All Active Printers. Highlight the document(s). Select Document to find a few troubleshooting print options: Pause, Resume, and Restart. To temporarily halt printing on a stuck job so other print jobs might print, select Pause. Then, once the other print jobs complete, select Resume. Alternatively, select Printer > Pause Printing. Select Restart to reinitiate the print job and hopefully clear up any errors so the print job can finish. How to Reset the Print Spooler If all else fails in getting a stuck print job to print, try to clear the Print Spooler. The Print Spooler communicates your print command to the printer and it can sometimes get stuck. Select Search or Cortana on the bottom left side of your desktop, then enter "services.msc" and select Services. Scroll down and select Print Spooler. To the left, select Stop the service. Alternatively, right-click Print Spooler and select Stop. You should see a dialog box confirming the stopping of the service. Now, select Restart the service. Alternatively, right-click Print Spooler, then select Restart. You can also right-click the Print Spooler then select Properties to find additional stop and restart controls. You should see a dialog box about restarting the Print Spooler service. You've now reset your printer spooler.