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A guide on how to fix a printer spooler error message

Have you ever come across an error message that is telling you that you cannot print because the printer spooler stopped or there is a problem with the print spooler? Well, a problem with printer spooling might arise in different forms or error messages which are hard to understand for a layman. So, in this post, we shall learn all the aspects related to printer spooling.

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What does spooling mean on a printer and how does it work?

Perhaps, spooling or spooler is one of the most annoying words that you have come across lately. Well, ‘Spooler’ or ‘Spooling’ is a built-in program in the computer that manages all the print jobs that a print has to perform. For example, if a lot of print commands are being sent to one printer via different computers, then the spooler service will arrange these print requests in a queue and help the printer decide which document to print first and which later.

How to restart or reset print spooler Windows 10?

The error message related to the stoppage of printer spooler service can arise on any PC for any printer, be it Epson, HP, Dell, Canon, or Brother Printer. Thus, if you also come across any such error message, you should reset or restart the print spooler as explained below:

  1. Tap on the ‘Start’ button.
  2. Left-click on the ‘Run’ option.
  3. In the box next to ‘Open’, type ‘services.msc’ and tap OK.
  4. Locate the ‘Print Spooler’ entry in the list and tap on it.
  5. Now, tap on the ‘Stop the Service’ option.
  6. Windows will try to stop the service.
  7. You can check the ‘Status’ section to know if the service has stopped.
  8. Now, wait for a few minutes and tap on the ‘Print Spooler’ entry again.
  9. Then, tap on ‘Restart the service.’
  10. And, you will see that your Print Spooler is running again.

Most probably, the “printer stuck on spooling Windows 10” message will not trouble you again.

How to fix the print spooler keeps stopping?

If the printer spooler service keeps stopping, again and again, the best thing you can do is uninstall all the unnecessary entries of the printer from your device. To do so:

  1. First, press the Win+X keys on your keyboard.
  2. Tap on the ‘Control Panel.’
  3. Open the ‘Devices and Printers’ section.
  4. Now, choose the printers that you wish to delete.
  5. Then, tap on the ‘Print server properties’ menu.
  6. From the next screen, go to the ‘Drivers’ tab.
  7. Choose the desired printer and click ‘Remove.’

How to enable printer status spooling services?

  1. Click ‘Start’ and right-click on the ‘Computer’ option.
  2. From the menu, select ‘Manage.’
  3. Find ‘Services and Applications’ and double-click on ‘Services.’
  4. Locate ‘Print spooler’ and double-click on it.
  5. When the ‘Properties’ window opens, in the ‘Startup Type’ select ‘Automatic.’
  6. Now, press the ‘start’ option to start the service and click ‘OK.’

Fix printer is spooling but not printing

If your printer is spooling properly but you are not receiving the printouts, then there is a possible issue with the print job that is stuck in the queue. To resolve this issue, you must cancel all the print jobs and then start printing again. Apart from this, you can also try to fix the issue by restarting the print spooler service.

Commonly asked questions

  1. Should I Enable printer spooling?

All the printer users, specifically the business users should enable printer spooling on their devices because it will ultimately help the printer to know in what sequence the prints are needed to be taken. If you do not enable printer spooling, your system might repeatedly inform you about the print spooler error message.

  1. What tool can you use to stop and restart the windows print spooler?

There is not a specific tool to stop and restart the print spooler service. However, you can navigate to the ‘Services’ page from the ‘Control Panel’ and find ‘Printer Spooler’ in it. Here, tap on the ‘Stop’ and then tap on the ‘Start’ button as required.

  1. How do I clear the print spooler?

To clear the print spooler, you need to manually stop and start the print spooler service on your device. To do so, go to the control panel, find ‘Services’ > Print Spooler’ > click ‘Stop’ / ‘Start’ respectively.

  1. What is the local print spooler service is not running?

The printer spooler or the local printer spooler is the program that enables the communication between your printer and device to let the print manage the print queue as the memory of the printer is weak. If this service stops running, you need to restart it from the ‘Services’ menu.

In concluding

That’s all folks! We have covered almost all the possible things that we could to resolve the print spooler error. If you have found this information helpful, you can suggest others who are struggling with the same issue to go through this article and fix the issue at the earliest.

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