How to Cancel a Print Job in Windows 10
In Windows 10 you need to use the print queue to cancel a print job. Just realized you sent
the wrong 26-page document to the printer? So you panic and hit the printer's Off button.
Unfortunately, many printers automatically pick up where they left off when you turn them
back on, leaving you or your co-workers to deal with the mess.
To purge the mistake from your printer's memory, follow these steps:
1. From the desktop's taskbar, right-click your printer's icon and choose your printer's name from the pop-up menu.
To see your printer's icon, you may need to click the little upward-pointing arrow to the
left of the taskbar's icons next to the clock.
When you choose your printer's name, the handy print queue window appears. Use the print
queue to cancel a print job.
2. Right-click your mistaken document and choose Cancel to end the job. If asked to confirm,
click the Yes button. Repeat with any other listed unwanted documents.
Your printer queue can take a minute or two to clear itself. (To speed things up, click the
View menu and choose Refresh.) When the print queue is clear, turn your printer back on; it
won't keep printing that same darn document.
• The print queue, also known as the print spooler, lists every document waiting
patiently to reach your printer. Feel free to change the printing order by dragging and
dropping documents up or down the list. (You can't move anything in front of the currently printing document, though.)
• Sharing your printer on the network? Print jobs sent from other PCs sometimes
end up in your computer's print queue, so you'll need to cancel the botched ones. (And
networked folks who share their printer may need to delete your botched print jobs, as well.)
• If your printer runs out of paper during a job and stubbornly halts, add more
paper. Then to start things flowing again, open the print queue, right-click your document, and
choose Restart. (Some printers have an Online button that you push to begin printing again.)
• You can send items to the printer even when you're working in the coffee shop
with your laptop. Later, when you connect the laptop to your printer, the print queue notices
and begins sending your files. (Beware: When they're in the print queue, documents are formatted
for your specific printer model. If you subsequently connect your laptop to a different printer
model, the print queue's waiting documents won't print correctly.)
The above is an excerpt from:
Windows 10 For Dummies
More Windows Tips:
• Windows Mouse Dead? - How to Get Around Windows Without the Rodent
• How to Disable Windows Explorer's Annoying Tooltips Popups
• Change the Mouse Pointer
• How to Add or Remove Items from Send to Menu
• Stop Desktop Icons from Randomly Refreshing
• Free Goodies for Your PCs
• Add a Folder to the Windows 7 Taskbar
• Configure Windows 7 File Contents Searching
• Turn Off Windows 7 Taskbar Preview Thumbnails
• Create Your Own Custom Taskbar Toolbar