Manually Delete Pending Printer Documents

Mark Berry February 15, 2016

Sometimes when a document is “stuck” waiting to print and Microsoft’s cancel/restart approach doesn’t help, you need a way to delete it manually. These commands, run from an administrative command prompt, should do it:

net stop spooler
del %systemroot%\system32\spool\printers\*.shd
del %systemroot%\system32\spool\printers\*.spl
net start spooler

For instructions on doing this from the Windows GUI, see this article.


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