Clear the Print Queue in Windows

I'm the go-to guy when it comes to troubleshooting PC issues and I have seen my fair share of computer problems because of this. Issues that I dislike to troubleshoot the most are mostly printer-related. Not everything is really hard to fix though, and one of the most common issues that users experience when using printers - stuck printer queues - can be resolved fairly easily.

In the past six or so years I have covered several programs and repair options to deal with that issue. From Stalled Printer Repair and Printer Service Manager to a lightweight batch file to disable the print spooler, clear the cache folders, before enabling the spooler again.

It is always good to have options when it comes to troubleshooting programs, and Print Queue Cleaner is one of those options that you have. It is a program that requires the Microsoft .Net Framework 2.0 which may be reason enough for some of you to pass on this one.

If you do not mind, you find an easy to use program that you can use to clear the print queue in the Windows operating system. You do need to run the program with elevated privileges to use all of its functionality.

print queue cleaner

It is a three button program that you can use to fix and test the print queue. Just click on the fix it button at the top if you already know that the print queue is stuck. If you are not sure, use the send test page, or test all printers buttons to see if none, one or multiple of the connected printers have that issue.

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The program cleans the full print job queue, which may mean that you will have to add jobs that have not yet been printed out again to the queue to have them printed out.

Print Queue Cleaner is a simple program that can aid you in resolving a common issue with your printer.

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  1. Pablo June 30, 2012 at 6:25 am #

    Great tiny program! Thanks

  2. KRS June 30, 2012 at 2:24 pm #

    The most common print queue jam comes when you try to print when the printer is off. If you go to Start > Devices and Printers > printer name > show queue > cancel, the document sticks in the queue.

    I've tried several similar batch files, which don't work, I think because the printer holds the document in its own queue.

    The solution is to turn the printer on and let it get recognized, go through the same sequence, and then turn the printer off (and then back on). The stuck queue will clear immediately.

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