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How to delete, erase, or clear all print jobs for printer on Windows [Guide]

Posted By Ashraf On April 22, 2013 @ 1:08 AM In Windows | 6 Comments

Ever want to print something and it doesn’t print, so you hit the print button multiple times? Or maybe you have a bunch of old print jobs sitting in your printer spooler due to a broken printer and don’t want to print all those jobs once you have a new printer. Or whatever. It doesn’t really matter why you want to erase print jobs from your printer spooler in Windows; what matters is you want to do it. This guide will show you how to easily erase/clear/delete all print jobs from your printer spooler on Windows.

BEFORE WE BEGIN

The following will work on Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8 but take note it only works for your default printer.

HOW TO ERASE/CLEAR/DELETE ALL PRINT JOBS ON WINDOWS — THE EASY WAY

To erase, delete, or clear all print jobs on Windows for your default printer, do the following:

  • Download ClearPrintJobs.zip [1] and extract the contents.
  • Find where you extracted the contents and double-click on ClearPrintJobs.exe (Windows Vista/Win7/Win8 users run as administrator).
  • You will be asked if you are sure you want to continue; click OK:

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  • You will see command prompt flash on your screen. This is normal. Wait until it goes away.
  • Done! All print jobs in your printer spooler for your default printer have now been deleted.

Simply run ClearPrintJobs.exe whenever you want to delete/clear/eraser all print jobs from your printer.

HOW TO ERASE/CLEAR/DELETE ALL PRINT JOBS ON WINDOWS — USING COMMAND-LINE

If you want to erase/clear/delete all print jobs on Windows for your default printer but don’t want to download anything, you can do it via command-line. Do the following:

  • Open Command Prompt. Windows Vista/Win7/Win8 need to open Command Prompt as administrator.
  • Once Command Prompt is open, type in net stop spooler and hit Enter on your keyboard.
  • Wait while printer spooler is stopped.
  • Now type del %systemroot%\system32\spool\printers\*.shd into Command Prompt and hit Enter on your keyboard.
  • Now type del %systemroot%\system32\spool\printers\*.spl into Command Prompt and hit Enter on your keyboard.
  • Finally type net start spooler into Command Prompt and hit Enter on your keyboard.
  • Close Command Prompt.
  • Done!

Repeat this process every time you want to delete/clear/eraser all print jobs from your printer.

CONCLUSION

That wasn’t hard, now was it? Enjoy!


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