How to Fix a Printer Spool Error

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When you send a job to your local or network printer, the print spooler is what keeps track of that job's location in the queue. If the print spooler is not running, your job will not be able to reach the printer, so it is important to know how to resolve print spooler errors when they occur.

  • Click on the "Start" button and choose "Control Panel" from the menu. Double-click the "Printers and Faxes" icon and locate your printer.

  • Double-click on the printer to get the list of jobs in the queue. If you see any jobs in an error status, right-click on those jobs and choose "Cancel" from the menu.

  • Close the "Printers and Faxes" window and double-click on the "Administrative Tools" icon. Choose "Services" from the menu.

  • Scroll through the list until you see "Print Spooler," then right-click and choose "Start" from the drop-down list. This restarts your print spooler and allow your jobs to print.

  • Right-click on "Print Spooler" again and choose "Properties" from the menu. Go to the "Startup" option and set it to "Automatic." This ensures that the print spooler starts each time your computer does.

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