We have all sent print jobs to the printer to only realize – “I shouldn’t have sent that!” But when you right-click on the job and press delete, the job says “Deleting” but never goes away!
The only way I knew of to fix this was to restart my computer. But, that’s a huge pain when I have four or five programs open and working online, too!
Follow the directions below to manually force delete print jobs. You won’t have to reboot your computer afterwards, either!
- Browse to Start -> Run… and type in “NET STOP SPOOLER” – this will stop the print spooler service. (In Vista, you can just type this in the Search box; and when testing, the next two steps were unnecessary; however, try them anyway!)
- Browse to your windows\system32\spool\PRINTERS\ folder
- You should see files there ending in .SPL and .SHD created around the time you tried to print – delete these files.
- Browse to Start -> Run… and type in “NET START SPOOLER” (this will restart the print spooler service)
- Double click the printer icon in the lower-right corner of your taskbar to examine your print job queue and browse to View -> Refresh.
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