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Yesterday, my printer was spitting out print jobs. Today it seems to be possessed by a sloth! What’s up with this?

Sluggish print jobs can happen for a few different reasons. One simple fix may be to try clearing out the print queue. Sometimes, dozens of print jobs get backed up, or one print job in particular causes problems and “confuses” the printer. Try clearing the print queue, and then resend just one print job to the printer.

To access your print queue, right-click the Windows Start menu button and select the “Settings” option. From here, click Devices > Printers & Scanners. Find your printer in the “Printers & Scanners” list, click on it, and then click “Open Queue.” -

If your printer remains sluggish, try checking the print settings. If your printer is set on “Best” prints, it will take much longer (and use more ink) than print jobs set on “Draft” mode. Change your printer settings and see if this speeds up print jobs.

Another common cause of sluggish printing is out-of-date software. Check to see how old your drivers or firmware are; they may need to be updated. Also, check to see if your wifi is the issue. You can strengthen the wifi connection by simply moving your printer closer to the router.