How to Stop the Print Spooler in Windows 7

One of the parts of printing a document from your computer to your printer involves something called a print spooler.

If the spooler isn’t working properly, then you will find that nothing will print either.

Luckily you can go into a settings menu in Windows where you are able to stop the print spooler, then restart it.

Our tutorial below will show you how to stop a print spooler in Windows.

How to Stop the Windows Print Spooler

  1. Click Start, then Control Panel.
  2. Choose System and Security.
  3. Select Administrative Tools.
  4. Double-click Services.
  5. Right-click Print Spooler and choose Stop.

Our guide continues below with additional information on stopping the print spooler in Windows, including pictures of these steps.

Printing on a Windows 7 computer should be a simple task but, as anyone who has ever experienced a printing problem knows, this is far from true.

Whether you run into an issue that is a result of a document, operating system, or hardware problem, resolving a print issue can be problematic.

As you start to troubleshoot your printer problem, you will encounter the term “print spooler.” This is the utility on your Windows 7 computer that handles the process of sending documents to the printer, as well as managing the queues for the printers that are installed on your computer.

If you have a document that is stuck in your print queue and is preventing you from printing, for example, then stopping and restarting the print spooler in Windows 7 could resolve your issue.

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Working with the Print Spooler in Windows 7 (Guide with Pictures)

While there are many other troubleshooting methods that can and should be attempted before you start working with the print spooler service, it can often help you when you are having a problem that the normal troubleshooting methods cannot resolve.

So once you have checked the connection between your printer and computer, restarted both devices, and attempted to manually delete items from your print queue, then it may be time to follow the steps below to stop and restart your print spooler in Windows 7.

Step 1: Click the Start button at the bottom-left corner of the screen, then click the Control Panel option in the column at the right side of the Start menu.

Click Start, then Control Panel
Click Start, then Control Panel

Step 2: Click the System and Security option at the center of the screen.

Click System and Security
Click System and Security

Step 3: Click the Administrative Tools link at the bottom of the window.

Click Administrative Tools
Click Administrative Tools

Step 4: Double-click the Services option.

Double-click the Services option
Double-click the Services option

Step 5: Scroll down to the Print Spooler option, right-click it, then click the Stop option.

Right-click the Print Spooler option, then click Stop
Right-click the Print Spooler option, then click Stop

Step 6: Wait a few seconds for the print spooler to stop, then right-click it again and choose the Start option.

Right-click the Print Spooler option, then click Start
Right-click the Print Spooler option, then click Start

This solution will not work for every print problem that you are having issues resolving, but it can be helpful when the first tier of printer troubleshooting is unsuccessful.

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