Capturing a Windows Spool File

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Sometimes when troubleshooting issues PaperCut Support may ask you to pause a Windows print queue to make a copy of the Windows spool files used for printing. This can help us diagnose issues related to print analysis and other problems.


  1. Log into the Windows print server.
  2. Open Print Management by pressing Windows key + R , then type printmanagement.msc and hit the enter key.
  3. Right-click on the printer you want to manage and click Pause Printing.
  4. Print a document that demonstrates the problem (normally from a workstation).
  5. On the server, navigate to C:\Windows\System32\Spool\PRINTERS\.
  6. Take a copy of the SPL and SHD files who’s creation date matches the time of the print.
  7. Copy and rename the files to a descriptive name like “testprint-3pages-2color-1bw.spl”.
  8. Zip the files and upload them with your PaperCut Support ticket for analysis.

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Categories: Troubleshooting

Keywords: Pause print queue, Print To File, Print-To-File, Capture Spool, Get spool file, Capture Print File, Collect


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