Printers generally enter into a pause state when they encounter a connection loss or a fatal hardware failure like a paper jam.
If your printer is “Paused,” you should first restore the printer’s connection and then check the printer’s screen for any error messages. Once the error is resolved, you should manually unpause the printer to resume printing again.
In this article, I will be explaining the steps to unpause the printer on your Windows and Mac.
How to Unpause Printer on Windows?
If you are on a Windows computer, follow these steps to unpause the printer.
Open Run. You can either press Windows and R keys together or right-click over the Windows Start button > select Run to open it.
Once you are at it, type control printers. Click OK.
Go to the printer that you need to unpause and right-click it.
Tap See what’s printing.
Uncheck this option: Pause Printing to unpause the printer.
The “Paused” status should go away now, and you should be able to print again. However, sometimes you may encounter errors like “Printer Status is Paused, Cannot Resume” while trying to unpause the printer. In such a case, I recommend you stop the spooler service, clear the spooler cache and start the spooler service again.