Spooling

Updated: 05/05/2017 by Computer Hope

Spooling may refer to any of the following:

1. See the print spooler definition for further information about printer spooling.

2. In computer programming, spooling refers to placing data into an intermediate storage area, where it is held until the computer (or the user) is ready to process it. This storage area is called a spool. Most computers have print spools, for example, which hold printing jobs that are waiting to be printed. Additionally, computers which process e-mail will often have mail spools for each user which functions as their mailbox. E-mail is stored in the mail spool until the user decides to archive or delete it.

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