How to Cancel a Print Job in Windows 11

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

Once in a while, you may encounter errors with printing in Windows. This is usually the case when there’s a job in the print queue that failed to print and holding up other jobs. To start printing again, you may have to cancel the bad job for other jobs to go through.

Windows allows users to view and cancel print jobs after starting by accessing the print queue via the notification area or through the Windows Settings app.

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

Below is how one can cancel a print job in Windows 11.

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

One can quickly access the print queue from the notification area in Windows 11. When a user print in Windows, a printer icon is usually displayed in the Windows notification area or the taskbar corner overflow menu.

Either from the taskbar area or the corner overflow menu, right-click on the printer icon, and select Open All Active Printers.

That will open the printer queue.

How to open printer queue from Windows Settings

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

windows 11 start settings

On the Settings pane, click click Bluetooth & devices ==> Printers & scanner as highlighted in the image below.

windows 11 bluetooth and device printer and scanner

On the Printers & scanner settings pane, click the printer you sent to print job to from the list.

windows 11 select printer on list

On the printer settings pane, select Open print queue to see what’s printing and the upcoming print order.

windows 11 open print queue

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

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

That should do it!


This post showed you how to cancel a print job in Windows 11. If you find any error above or have something to add, please use the comment form below.