We have all been there: You try to print out a webpage or office document, but for some reason the print job got struck in the queue. Or, at times, you may want to cancel a print job in the middle before your printer churns out all pages.
The best way to cancel a print job is to immediately cancel all print jobs under Devices and Printers in Control Panel. To do this, you need to open Run dialog, type control printers, click on you printer icon and see what’s printing and then cancel the job. An option is also available in Devices and Printers to delete print queue.
As opening Devices and Printers every time to stop a print job or clear print queue doesn’t sound like a good idea, we have a small tool to share with you that lets you easily stop the print spooler service and clear print queue.
Print Service Manager is a free application (from the maker of Mouse Switcher) that lets you easily start, stop, and restart print spooler service without opening Services window. The tool can be pinned to the taskbar for the quick access. Whenever you want to stop a print job, launch the application and click stop button.
This tool also includes an option to clean print queue. Open the application and click on Clean Print Queue option present in the left pane to delete outstanding print jobs in C:\Windows\System32\spool\PRINTERS directory.
Print Service Manager is completely free and works fine on both x86 and x64 versions of Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 operating systems.
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