Starting the Print Spooler service

This document explains how to start the Print Spooler service in Windows.

Document 6027  |  Last updated:  10/23/2017 RR2

The Print Spooler in Windows is a service which manages multiple print jobs. It allows your printer to be shared across a network. If the Print Spooler is disabled ("stopped"), you might find yourself with missing print jobs, or a number of other problems. Follow the steps below to enable your Print Spooler.

If you're not comfortable changing your print settings, or you encounter error messages, contact a local technician for further assistance.

  1. On your keyboard, press Windows Key + R to open a Run prompt.

  2. In the Open: field, type services.msc and click OK.

  3. When a list of services appears, scroll down until you find Print Spooler.

  4. Right-click Print Spooler and choose Start.

  5. That's it!  Your Print Spooler is now enabled.

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