How to Delete SPL or SHD in the Printers Folder

By Kirk Bennet

SPL files are created in the printer spooler on your computer when you send documents for printing and are used to store the contents of the documents. SHD files contain details for the print job. SPL and SHD files are stored in the "Printers" spooler folder on your hard disk. Although these files should be deleted automatically after your documents are printed, some files remain in the spooler. If someone gets access to these files, your business' confidential information can be compromised.

Click the "Start" button, type "cmd" in the Search box and press "Enter" to launch the Command Prompt utility.

Type "net stop spooler" in the Command Prompt and press "Enter" to stop the Spooler service.

Type "del %systemroot%\system32\spool\printers*.shd" and press "Enter" to delete all SHD files in the Printers folder.

Type "del %systemroot%\system32\spool\printers*.spl" and press "Enter" to delete all SPL files in the Printers folder.

Type "net start spooler" and press "Enter" to start the Spooler service.


To easily delete the files in the future, create a script. To do so, open a new text document, insert the preceding commands into the document, save it and change its extension to ".cmd" from ".txt." Thereafter you can double-click the file to remove all SPL and SHD files in the Printers folder.