How to unpause a printer?

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Understandably, when you print from Windows , the print jobs are sent to your printer . Sometimes the print job may stop and the status may show as Paused . Then no follow-up orders are possible . However, this phenomenon does not only occur with Windows . Such printer problems with error

What to do if the printer has stopped?

The following tips have proven themselves to ensure that the printer works properly again:

  • Go to the Printers menu item in the Control Panel
  • Double-click your current printer to open the queue
  • The note "Stopped" appears at the bottom right
  • Now select the printer at the top and remove the check mark “Stop printer”
  • After that, your printer should work properly again

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If there is a driver problem with the printer and it has stopped the printer, then do the following:

  • Go to the device manager via the control panel
  • Right click on your printer
  • In the window that opens, select "Update driver".
  • You can obtain the latest drivers from the printer manufacturer's website or from other trustworthy Internet portals
  • Of course, in order for the printer to properly communicate with your PC, it must be powered on and properly connected


A reinstallation in difficult cases

Printer errors are not always clearly traceable . Apparently, each device has a certain life of its own. Nevertheless, technical errors are usually behind them . A reliable solution is to uninstall your current printer . This will completely remove the device from the device manager of your operating system. After that, you should first get the latest printer drivers and then reinstall the printer .

In contrast to many other hardware components, a printer is usually ready for use within a few minutes . You can also use the printer status to see whether it is working properly or whether a connection to your PC has been established.

What else can it be if the printer has stopped?

In some cases, a paper jam can also cause your printer to stop working. In this case, you should of course remove the paper jam . To be on the safe side, you can finally switch off your printer once and unplug it from the power supply for around 10 to 30 seconds. After a reboot , most issues should be resolved.

It should not go unmentioned that printer problems can also occur due to faulty printer cartridges or incompatible printer accessories . Incidentally, this is usually also the case with laser printers with toner . Regardless of the different printer types , it is of course annoying when it no longer prints. In addition to using the queue , you should always check whether your printer is offline. On most models, the printer can be reactivated by simply turning it back on.

How can I share the printer again?

First of all, it depends on the operating system used . There may be some differences here , which are briefly presented below.

Printer stopped on Windows 10

The procedure has already been largely explained above. Specifically for Windows 10 , proceed as follows:

  • Go to Settings from the main menu
  • Then click Devices
  • In the next window, select "Printers Scanners" on the left
  • Now select your printer in the middle list and click on it
  • There you can open the queue, manage the printer or even remove it
  • Within the queue, you can see in the menu whether there is a check mark in front of "Pause printer".
  • You have to remove the tick
  • Also check whether the "Use printer offline" box is checked
  • You must also remove this tick


Your printer should then continue to print without any problems.