How to pause a print job in Windows

Updated: 11/13/2018 by Computer Hope

In Windows, you can pause any print job by following the steps below after you've started printing something.

Pause a print job from the Notification Area

  1. When starting to print something in Windows a printer icon is shown in the Windows Notification Area, right-click this icon. If you do not see a printer icon, click the up arrow in the Notification Area to show all icons.
  2. Click Open All Active Printers.
  3. Right-click on the print job you want to pause and then click Pause.

Pause print in Windows


To resume the print job when you are ready, right-click the document name again and select Resume or Resume Printing.

Pause from print jobs through Control Panel

You can also pause print jobs through the Control Panel by following the steps below.

  1. Open the Control Panel
  2. Open Devices and Printers, Printers, or Printers and Faxes depending on your version of Windows.
  3. Double-click on the name of the printer that is being used.
  4. If any print jobs are in the queue, click on either the 1 document(s) in queue or double-click on See what's printing. Once done, you should see a window similar to the above example. Following the steps above allows you to pause the print job.

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