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Clear printers and print jobs System
Why would want to clear the Printer and Spool files? If you lose the ability to print in OS X 10.1 and the Classic environments, booting to 9.X.X and printing is not a real solution. But clearing the Printer and Spool files may be a quick way to restore your printing capabilties. To clear the queue and printers:
  1. Open "Print Center" in Applications -> Utilities
  2. Click on the "PrintCenter" menu, then press and hold the option key and select "Quit Print Center". This will bring up a dialog box asking you if you're sure you want to delete your printer and any jobs waiting to be printed. Select "Yes".
  3. Open Print Center again and re-add your printer. I've had this work with Apple, Epson, HP and Lexmark printers.
[Editor's note: I just used this hint to clear a stuck queue on a Brother HL-1270N as well.]
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without deleting printers?
Authored by: ehb007 on Dec 06, '01 04:14:50AM

Cool shortcut. I don't suppose anyone knows of one to clear the jobs from all the queues without deleting the printers... I could really use this, as I typically have over a dozen printers in Print Center.

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just lost my printer
Authored by: papoose on May 15, '02 04:45:22PM

its visible in the print center and I can print the test page in the hpdeskjet utility... Printing in classic is fine as well but anytime I print from a cocoa app it says printing error... and from a carbon app I get no feedback at all... tried your trick... to no avail anyone got a suggestion? I ve already erased my print drivers and reinstalled but no go... help

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