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When your computer is connected to a printer, it will periodically send a signal and wait for a response to return back from the connected printer. This is the process that lets you know whether the printer is online, out of paper, out of toner, etc. This call and response adds to the network congestion on the system.

Help to relieve network congestion by disconnecting from remote printers you no longer need and cancelling unwanted print jobs in the printer queue.

Each of these issues are discussed in the topics below:

 

Disconnect Printers when You Leave a Remote Site

To disconnect from a printer, perform the following steps:
 

  1. From the Windows Start menu, select Start.
     

  2. Click Settings, then click Printers and Faxes.

    The Printers and Faxes window opens.


     

  3. Right-click the printer from which you want to disconnect,



    and then select Delete.

    The Printers confirmation dialog opens.


     

  4. Click Yes to delete and disconnect, otherwise click No to start over.

    The printer disappears from the Printers and Faxes window.



     

Cancel Unwanted Jobs in the Printer Queue

To cancel a job in the printer queue, perform the following steps:
 

  1. From the Windows Start menu, select Start.
     

  2. Click Settings, then click Printers and Faxes.

    The Printers and Faxes window opens.


     

  3. Double click the printer. The specific printer window opens.

  4. Select the document you want to cancel.

  5. From the menu at the top, select Document, and then click Cancel

    —OR—

    Right-click the document, and then click Cancel.



    The Printers confirmation dialog opens.


     

  6. Click Yes to cancel the job, otherwise click No to start over.

    The job disappears from the window.

 

 

 


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