How to clear Windows 10 Printer queue

Printer queue is, in fact, a list, which contains all the documents to be printed. At a time, only a single document can be scheduled on to the printer for printing. Rest of all the documents wait for their turn while staying in the printer queue. Windows 10 automatically removes a document from the printer queue as soon as it goes to the printer for printing so that you do not have to clear the printer queue yourself.

However, at times it happens that a document or multiple documents get stuck in the printer queue and create hindrance in printing any further documents. In such a case, you need to clear the printer queue manually. In this article, we will explain to you some methods through which you can clear the printer queue using Windows 10.

Three Methods of Clearing Printer Queue in Windows 10

For clearing the printer queue in Windows 10, you can make use of any of the methods listed below:

Method # 1: Use the printer Icon to empty the Printer Queue

In this method, we will tell you how you can clear the printer queue using the printer icon in Windows 10. For doing this, you need to proceed as follows:

Locate the printer icon on your taskbar. It is highlighted in the following image:

Printer Icon in Taskbar

Double click on the printer icon to display the printer queue as shown in the image below:

Windows Printer Queue

Now click on the Printer tab to launch a menu which is shown in the following image:

Click on printer tab

From the menu shown above, click on Cancel All Documents to clear the printer queue.

Windows 10 will prompt you with a confirmation message as shown in the image below:

Cancel all documents

Click on Yes to continue.

Method # 2: Clear Printer Queue with Device Manager Utility

In this method, we will tell you how you can clear the printer queue using Device Manager Utility in Windows 10. For doing this, you need to perform the following steps:

Type Device Manager in the search section of your taskbar and click on the search result to launch the Device Manager window as shown in the following image:

Launch Windows Device manager

Click on Printers to expand it as shown in the image below:

Click on Printers

Now double click on your particular printer to launch its properties window. In this case, it is the hp LaserJet 1300 PCL 5.

Printer properties

Click on the Settings tab and then click on Devices and Printers Folder as shown in the image below:

Settings > Devices and Printers Folder

As soon as you will click on it, the Devices and Printers window will appear which is shown in the following image:

Devices and Printers in Windows 10

Now right click on your particular printer and click on See what is printing from the pop-up menu as shown in the image below:

Right-click on printer symbol

As soon as you will click on it, the printer queue will appear which is shown in the following image:

Printer Queue

Click on the Printer tab and then select Cancel All Documents to clear the printer queue as shown in the image below:

Choose to Cancel All Documents

The following confirmation message will be displayed:

Cancellation of documents confirmed

Just click on Yes to continue.

Method # 3: Use Settings Application in Windows 10 to empty Printer queue

In this method, we will tell you how you can clear the printer queue using the Settings application in Windows 10. For doing this, you need to proceed as follows:

Type settings in the search section of your taskbar and click on the search result to launch the settings window as shown in the following image:

Launch Windows Settings

Click on Devices tab to launch its settings as shown in the image below:

Go to the devices tab

Now click on Printers and scanners to launch their settings.

Click on your particular printer and then select open queue as highlighted in the following image:

Printer > queue

As soon as you will click on it, the printer queue will be displayed which is shown in the image below:

Printer queue window

Click on the Printer tab and then select Cancel All Documents to clear the printer queue as shown in the following image:

Cancel all documents in queue

You will be prompted with a confirmation message displayed in the image below:

Confirm cancellation

Just click on Yes to continue.

Conclusion

Although, Windows 10 automatically keeps on clearing the printer queue for you without getting you in any sort of trouble. However, at times, some documents get stuck or corrupted while being in the printer queue and stop you from printing your files smoothly. To cater for such cases, you can use any of the three methods listed above. All of these three methods are very easy and simple to use and they perform very efficiently in all circumstances. So now, you can print as many documents as you want without getting worried about any sort of blockage.

How to Clear Printer Queue in Windows 10
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