How to Cancel a Print Job from Windows 8 - dummies

How to Cancel a Print Job from Windows 8

By Andy Rathbone

Use Windows 8 to properly cancel a print job — this is, by purging the print request from the printer’s memory. Canceling a print job isn’t a simple matter of hitting the printer’s Off button. 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 use Windows 8 to wipe out the print request from your printer’s memory, follow these steps:

  1. From the Start screen, click the Desktop tile.

  2. Choose your printer’s name or icon from the taskbar; when the Devices and Printers window appears, right-click your printer and choose See What’s Printing.

    The handy print queue appear.


  3. Right-click your mistaken document and choose Cancel to end the job. 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 their printing order by dragging and dropping them 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 end up in your computer’s print queue, so youll need to cancel the botched ones. (And networked folks who share their printer will 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.)

For more information about Windows 8 and its features, explore Windows 8 For Dummies, available online.