This publication shows students and new users the steps to cancel a print job in Windows 11. When you print in Windows, what prints first goes to the print queue. In most cases this goes pretty fast and you wouldn’t know if you’re only printing a few pages.

From time to time, you may encounter errors when printing in Windows. This is usually the case when there is a job in the print queue that failed to print and held other jobs. To start printing again, you may need to cancel the faulty job for other jobs to process.

Windows allows users to view and cancel print jobs after they start by accessing the print queue through the notification area or through the Windows Settings application.

In our previous post, we showed you how to view a print queue in Windows 11. You can find that post below:

How to view a print queue in Windows 11

Here is how you can cancel a print job in Windows 11.

How to cancel a print job in the printer queue in Windows 11

The print queue can be quickly accessed from the notification area in Windows 11. When a user prints in Windows, a printer icon is usually displayed in the Windows notification area or in the overflow menu in the corner of the window. taskbar.

Windows 11 cancel print job

Either in the taskbar area or the corner overflow menu, right-click the printer icon and select Open all active printers.

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Windows 11 opens all updated active printers

That will open the printer queue.

How to open the printer queue from Windows settings

If you don’t see a printer icon on the taskbar or corner overflow menu, use the Windows Settings app to open the print queue. To do that, select the Start menu, then click Settings.

windows 11 startup settings

In the Settings pane, click click Bluetooth and Devices ==> Printers and Scanner as highlighted in the image below.

Windows 11 bluetooth and printer and scanner device

About him Printers and Scanners Configuration panel, click the printer you sent to print the job in the list.

Windows 11 select the printer from the list

In the printer settings panel, select Print queue open to see what’s printing and the next print order.

windows 11 open print queue

In the print queue, right-click the print job you want to cancel and select Cancel.

Windows 11 cancels the print job job

Some print jobs may take a while to cancel. If the print job is not canceled within a few seconds, wait at least 15 seconds before trying again.

You should do that!


In this tutorial we have seen how to cancel a print job in Windows 11. If you find any errors above or have something to add, use the comment form below.

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