prnqctl

Applies To: Windows Server (Semi-Annual Channel), Windows Server 2016, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2012

Prints a test page, pauses or resumes a printer, and clears a printer queue.

Syntax

cscript Prnqctl {-z | -m | -e | -x | -?} [-s <ServerName>]   
[-p <printerName>] [-u <UserName>] [-w <Password>]  

Parameters

Parameter Description
-z pauses printing on the printer specified with the -p parameter.
-m Resumes printing on the printer specified with the -p parameter.
-e prints a test page on the printer specified with the -p parameter.
-x Cancels all print jobs on the printer specified with the -p parameter.
-s <ServerName> Specifies the name of the remote computer that hosts the printer that you want to manage. If you do not specify a computer, the local computer is used.
-p <printerName> Specifies the name of the printer that you want to manage. Required.
-u <UserName> -w <Password> Specifies an account with permissions to connect to the computer that hosts the printer that you want to manage. All members of the target computer's local Administrators group have these permissions, but the permissions can also be granted to other users. If you do not specify an account, you must be logged on under an account with these permissions for the command to work.
/? Displays help at the command prompt.

Remarks

  • The prnqctl command is a Visual Basic script located in the %WINdir%\System32\printing_Admin_Scripts\ directory. To use this command, at a command prompt, type cscript followed by the full path to the prnqctl file, or change directories to the appropriate folder. For example:
    cscript %WINdir%\System32\printing_Admin_Scripts\en-US\prnqctl  
    
  • if the information that you supply contains spaces, use quotation marks around the text (for example, "computer Name").

Examples

To print a test page on the Laserprinter1 printer shared by the \\Server1 computer, type:

cscript Prnqctl -e -s Server1 -p Laserprinter1  

To pause printing on the Laserprinter1 printer on the local computer, type:

cscript Prnqctl -z -p Laserprinter1  

To cancel all print jobs on the Laserprinter1 printer on the local computer, type:

cscript Prnqctl -x -p Laserprinter1  

additional references

Command-Line Syntax Key
print Command Reference