On Hold – Stuck Jobs in Print Queue OS X

By | 2010/11/12

In OS X at times you may have an old print job that you cannot delete. It will often say ‘On Hold’ in the print queue.

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To clear this out, first open up the Terminal (Applications > Utilities > Terminal )

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Type the following, then press Enter:

cancel -a

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That will do it!

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The cancel command is part of cups. Linux users as well can use ‘cancel -a’ to clear out any stuck print jobs from the queue. (man cancel)

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Stuck print job? Try cancel -a !

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