How to Start, Stop or Restart Print Spooler in Windows 10 / 11

Print Spooler is a service in Windows 10 that keeps the print jobs rolling while managing the interactions with your printer. This can stop functioning at times, even after trying to restart your printer or your system.


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However, there can be problems with the printer itself or any connection issues. But, once you know it’s not any of these issues, it has to be a problem with the Print Spooler on Windows 10. This leads to issues like your document getting stuck in the queue while the printing job is on. The worst is, if you try to cancel the job, it gets stuck forever.

Here are two easy ways by which you can start, stop, or restart Print Spooler in Windows 10.

Method 1: How to Start, Stop or Restart Print Spooler in Windows 10 Using Services

Step 1: Click on the Windows icons, type Services in the search box, and click on the result.

 

Click On Windows Icon, Type Services In The Search Box, Click On The Result

 

Step 2: In the Services window, go to the right side of the pane, scroll down and find Print Spooler from the list. When you single-click on it, on the left-hand-side pane you will find the description.

The Print Spooler is not showing in Running status currently. You can right-click on Print Spooler and Start the service from the right-click context menu, or you can click on Start the service on the left-hand side pane above the description.

 

Click On Start The Service On The Left, Or Right Click On Print Spooler And Click On Start


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Step 3: Or, double-click on the Print Spooler option to Start the service. Under the General tab, go to the Service status option, and click on the Start button to start the Print Spooler. Press OK to save the changes.

 

Under General Tab, Under Service Status Option, Click On Start

 

Step 4: To restart the service, click on Restart the service on the left side of the pane., or right-click on the Print Spooler option from the list on the right, and click on Restart from the context menu.

 

To Restart The Service, Click On Restart The Service Option From The Left Side Or Right Click And Click On Restart

 

Step 5: If the service was running, you can stop the service by clicking the Stop button on the left side of the pane, or simply right-click on the Print Spooler option and select Stop from the context menu.

To Stop The Service, Click On Stop The Service Option From The Left Side Or Right Click And Click On Stop

 

Step 6: You can also double-click on the Print Spooler option and under the General tab, click on the Stop button to stop the service.

Double Click On Print Spooler, Click On Stop To Stop The Service, Click On Apply And Ok

 

So, this is how you can Start the service. Check the printer, it should be working fine now. And, you can also follow the steps to Stop or Restart the service.

Method 2: How to Start, Stop or Restart Print Spooler in Windows 10 Using Task Manager

Step 1: Right-click on the Taskbar and click on Task Manager from the menu.

 

Right Click On The Taskbar And Click On Task Managger From The Menu

 

Step 2: In the Task Manager window, click on the Services tab and scroll down to look for Spooler. Check its status if its Running or not. It shows Stopped here.

 

In Task Manager Window, Click On Services Tab, Scroll Down To Spooler And Check Status

 

Step 3: Right-click on Spooler and click on Start.

 

Right Click On Spooler And Click On Start To Restart Print Spooler Service

 


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Step 4: Now when it shows Running status, right-click on it again and click on Restart to restart the Print Spooler service.

 

Right Click Again On Spooler And Click On Restart To Restart Print Spooler Service

 

Your printer should be working perfectly fine now.

Step 5: To stop the service, right-click on Spooler and click on Stop to stop the service.

 

To Stop The Service, Right Click On Spooler And Click On Stop

 

That’s about it! That’s how you can Start, Stop, or Restart the Print Spooler service using Task Manager.

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