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Fixing a Stuck Print Job in Windows 2000 

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Occassionally a print job gets stuck in the print queue and cannot be deleted. When you try to cancel the print job it will show as "Deleting", but the job will never go a way. Additionally, new print jobs that you send to the printer will not print either.

There are a couple of easy ways to fix this problem as follows:

1) Open the services control panel (start -> settings -> control panel -> administrative tools -> services). Right click on the Print Spooler service and select stop. After that has completed, right click on the Print Spooler service again and select start. You can then close the control panel and the offending job should disappear from the queue. See the figure below:

2) An easier way to do this is to just click on the Start Menu, select "Run" and type in "CMD". At the command prompt, type "net stop spooler". Once that is complete, type "net start spooler" without the quotes of course.

After you perform either one of these actions, the job should disappear from the queue and you should be able to print again.

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