Learn how to pause and resume printing in Windows 11



This article provides a guide on pausing and resuming printing in Windows 11. It covers the new feature introduced in Windows Build 26020 (Canary Channel) and gives step-by-step instructions on how to use it. Users can now easily manage their printing tasks through the Windows Settings app, improving overall printing experience.

This article explains how to pause and resume printing in Windows 11.

A printer in Windows is a hardware device that allows you to print documents, photos, and other files from your computer. Depending on your printer type, Windows lets you connect to your printer via USB, Wi-Fi, or Ethernet.

When you send a print command from your computer, the printer receives the data and prints it onto paper or other media.

Starting with Windows Build 26020 (Canary Channel), a new setting has been added to allow you to pause printing when your printer requires maintenance, such as replacing a printer cartridge.

Jobs submitted are held by the spooler until the print queue is ‘un-paused‘ by clicking ‘Resume‘ in Settings.

Pause and resume printing in Windows 11

As mentioned, users can pause and resume printing in Windows 11 with a new settings pane starting with Windows Build 26020 (Canary Channel).

Here’s how to do it.

First, open the Windows Settings app.

You can do that by clicking on the Start menu and selecting Settings. Or press the keyboard shortcut (Windows key + I) to launch the Settings app.

When the Setting app opens, click the Bluetooth & devices button on the left.

Windows 11 Bluetooth and devices settings page

Select the Printers & scanners tile on the right to expand it.

Printers and scanners tile in the Settings app

Next, select the printer that you want to pause printing on to expand it.

Printers and scanners printers list

Under “Advanced Printer Settings,” select the ‘Printing‘ tile on the printer settings pane and click the Pause button to pause printing through the printer.

Printers and scanners printers pause button

Click the ‘Resume’ button again to start printing.

Printers and scanners printers resume button

Exit the setting apps when done.

That should do it!


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