How to Stop a Print Spooler

by Lucosi Fuller

The Print Spooler is a service that runs in Windows operating systems to schedule print jobs. It loads files that are to be printed into memory and keeps them in queue until the print jobs are complete. Normally, in newer Windows operating systems, the service is configured to run automatically, but if you don't need the Print Spooler to run (maybe you don't have a printer or you have one that you hardly ever use), you can easily turn it off. You'll have to enter the Services directory to find and disable the Print Spooler, which isn't very difficult or time-consuming, and you can reverse what you've done in case you decide to print something.

Right-click on "Computer" or "My Computer" and a drop-down menu will appear.

Click on "Manage."

On the "Computer Management" screen, click on "Services."

Scroll down to "Print Spooler" and double-click on it to open it.

In the "Service status" section, click on "Stop" and then click on "Apply" and "OK" to stop the Print Spooler.