What make and model printer ?
There are a variety of reasons why a
printer may feed a blank page through.
This is, in some cases, an error. In
other cases though it is a mistake in the page count or a simple matter of the
printer trying to maintain itself.
If a user has just loaded new paper into the printer or if
an error message has recently been cleared the printer may run a blank page
Usually this is to make sure that the print path is now
clear and that the next sheet it positioned correctly for printing.
When a document is edited there is sometimes a blank sheet
left at the end of the document. So, for example, if a 10 page document is
edited down to nine pages, the computer and printer still sometimes read it as
a 10-page document when a user hits the print key.
In some cases where a large number of documents are being
printed, users may set a blank page separator.
This puts a blank page between copies of a document to show
where one ends and the next begins.
A quick look at the printer's settings or control panel will
tell you if this option has been turned on.
Fix a Printer Spool Error
When you send a job to your local or network printer, the
print spooler is what keeps track of that job's location in the queue.
If the print spooler is not running, your job will not be
able to reach the printer, so it is important to know how to resolve print
spooler errors when they occur.
Click on the "Start" button and choose "Control Panel" from
Double-click the "Printers and Faxes" icon and
locate your printer.
Double-click on the printer to get the list of jobs in the
If you see any jobs in an error status, right-click on those
jobs and choose "Cancel" from the menu.
Close the "Printers and Faxes" window and
double-click on the "Administrative Tools" icon. Choose
"Services" from the menu.
Scroll through the list until you see "Print
Spooler," then right-click and choose "Start" from the drop-down
This restarts your print spooler and allow your jobs to
Right-click on "Print Spooler" again and choose
"Properties" from the menu.
Go to the "Startup" option and set it to
This ensures that the print spooler starts each time your