How to stop the printer: Occasionally it may happen that the printer hangs because it does not immediately receive the print command from the PC. In reality this problem is almost always attributable to a bad connection of the cables or, in the case of Wi-Fi printers, to a bad reception of the Internet signal, and the unaware user continues to send the print command.
Result? As soon as the “flaw” is discovered and the printer restarts, a bunch of copies of the document that you originally wanted to print are printed. I bet it happened to you too, and that’s why I want to explain to you today how to stop the printer in different ways, some conventional and others a little more geeky. Let’s get started right away!
Let’s start this guide on how to stop the printer from simple things. Almost all printers, at least the most modern ones, have a button that allows you to block the printing in progress called Cancel. If you press it when the printer is printing or about to print a new document, printing will be canceled instantly.
If, on the other hand, you prefer to work from the PC, you can delete the files in the print queue of your printer by double clicking on the printer icon that appears in the notification area (next to the Windows clock), selecting with the right mouse button the documents in the list and selecting the item Cancel from the menu that appears. In the window that opens, click on Yup to confirm the operation.
The first two attempts for stop the printer have they failed? Try to use Flush Print Jobs for Windowsit is a free Windows program that deletes the Windows print queue even when you are unable to perform this operation manually.
If you want to try it, connect to the website of Flush Print Jobs for Windows and click on the item winflushprintjobs-1.3-setup.exe to download the program to your PC. When the download is complete, double-click on it to open the file you just downloaded (winflushprintjobs-1.3-setup.exe) and, in the window that opens, first click on Yup (to authorize installation on Windows 7 and Vista) and then on Next, I Agree, Next for two more consecutive times, Install And Finish to finish the installation process of Flush Print Jobs for Windows.
At this point, whenever you want to delete the Windows print queue, all you have to do is go to the desktop and double click on the shortcut flush jobs – NT200xxpvista78 and above (if you are using XP, Vista or Windows 7) or on the link flushjobs – Lexmark and Dell 9x-ME-etc if you are using Windows 9x / Me. A command prompt screen will appear for a few seconds and the print queue will be canceled.