How to Restart My Printer Spool

When a print job becomes stuck in the queue or your computer reports an error message about your print spooler, try restarting the printer spool. Restarting the printer spool may delete all current jobs. Once the printer spool is restarted, you can begin using your printer again. Any stuck jobs will either begin printing or be removed from the print queue completely. The printer spool can be restarted in both Windows and Linux.

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Windows

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Go to “Start” and right click “My Computer.”

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Press “Manage.”

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Open “Services and Applications” by pressing the plus sign next to it.

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Choose “Services.”

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Right click the “Print Spooler” and choose “Restart.”

Linux

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Open a shell prompt or terminal. Exact steps will vary based on your Linux version. Some versions have a desktop icon. For other versions, go to “Main Menu,” choose “System” and press “Shell.”

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Type “lpc restart printername” and press “Enter.” Replace “printername” with the name of your printer. If you want to restart all printers, replace “printername” with “all.”

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Allow the print spooler to restart.

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If you still cannot restart the print spooler, type “lpc stop printername” and press “Enter.”

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Start the print spooler again by typing “lpc start printername” and pressing “Enter.”