How-to: Get your printer printing again

We’ve all been there; one moment you’re printing and everything’s fine, and the next moment the printer is stuck, and even after you clear the paper jam and reset the printer so the light isnt blinking anymore and everything looks fine, the darn thing wont print.

You tell it to print over and over again and you just give up in frustration. Why wont it print?

If you click on the Start button, sometimes there is a link on the right side of the Start Menu labeled ‘Printers’, if not, go to the Control Panel and double-click on Printers.
Once you are in the Printers window, go up to File and click on ‘Cancel All Documents’.
Windows will ask you if you are sure, say yes.

This should clear most of the print jobs that are jamming up the Print Spooler. If they all go away, you should be able to print. If there is one print job left behind, close all of your windows, making to save any unfinished work, and restart the computer.

Once the computer is back up and ready to go, you should be able to print.