Some users have posted in Microsoft forums about an Error Printing status message in Windows 10 that they see in the print queue window.
One user stated.
Whenever I try and print a document, from WordPad, Adobe Reader, Word, whatever, it just appears in the print queue with the status as ‘Error – Printing.’” Users can’t print when the “Error Printing” error arises.
First, try resetting the printer. Turn the printer off, and then unplug it. Plug the printer back in, and turn it back on again. Resetting the printer is a simple resolution, but it might still be enough to resolve the issue for some users. If the problem persists, move to the solutions below.
How do I fix Printer Error in Windows 10?
1. Open the Printer Troubleshooter
- Enter ‘troubleshoot’ in the text box to search for Troubleshoot settings.
- Click Troubleshoot settings to open the Settings window as shown directly below.
- Next, click the Printer to press its Run the troubleshooter button.
- Choose the Printer that needs fixing, and click Next to go through the troubleshooter.
2. Clear the Print Spool Folder
- Users have also said that they’ve fixed “Error Printing” by clearing the Print Spooler folder. To do so, press the Windows key + R hotkey, which opens Run.
- Enter ‘services.msc’ in the Open box, and click the OK button.
- Next, double-click the Print Spooler service to open the window shown directly below.
- Press the Stop button to turn off the service.
- Select the Apply option, and press the OK button.
- Press the Windows key + E keyboard shortcut.
- Input %WINDIR%\system32\spool\printers in File Explorer’s address bar, and press the Enter key.
- Press the Ctrl + A keyboard shortcut to select all the files within the Printers folder.
- Then click the Delete button in File Explorer.
- Close File Explorer’s window.
- Open the Services window again by entering ‘services.msc’ in Run.
- Double-click Print Spooler to open its window, and press the Start button.
- Click the Apply button.
- Select the OK option to close the window.
3. Check the Printer’s Port Settings
- Enter ‘Control Panel’ in Run, and select the OK option.
- Click Devices and Printers to open the Control Panel applet in the snapshot directly below.
- Right-click the default printer there to select Printer properties.
- Then select the Ports tab shown directly below.
- Check the port you usually plug the printer into is the one selected there. If not, deselect the currently selected port.
- Then select the port that the printer is usually connected with.
- Select the Apply option, and click OK to exit the window.
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