How to Restart Spooler Service

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How to Restart Spooler Service
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Restart the print spooler service whenever you cannot remove a job from the print queue. Restarting the print spooler takes only a few minutes. The print spooler service is easy to restart in both Linux and Windows. Once a print spooler is restarted, jobs in the print queue will begin printing once again. A print spooler often needs to be restarted when two jobs are submitted simultaneously, an error occurs when a job freezes, or a computer shuts down unexpectedly while submitting a print job.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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  1. 1

    Double click the "Shell" or "Terminal" icon on your desktop.

  2. 2

    Type "lpc restart all" or "lpc restart printername" and press "Enter."

  3. 3

    Wait at least 30 seconds for the print spooler service to restart.

  4. 4

    If you still have problems, restart the service a second time.


  1. 1

    Go to "Start" and select "Run." Type "cmd" and press "Enter" to open a command prompt.

    In Windows Vista, go to "Start," select "All Programs," choose "Accessories" and select "Command Prompt."

  2. 2

    Type "net stop spooler" and press "Enter" to stop the print spooler.

  3. 3

    Type "net start spooler" and press "Enter" to restart the print spooler.

Tips and warnings

  • If you have the same job listed multiple times, this job will print multiple times. To prevent this, open the print queue and delete the duplicate jobs before the job prints.
  • The print job stuck in the print queue may be deleted when you restart the print spooler.

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