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PUB2000 Error Message: Windows Could Not Write to the Printer Spool File

Article ID: 246525

Article Last Modified on 7/31/2001


  • Microsoft Publisher 2000 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q246525


When you attempt to print from Microsoft Publisher, you may receive the following error message:

Windows could not write to the printer spool file. Make sure your disk has enough free space and try again.

When you click OK, the file is not printed.


This behavior can occur if there is not enough space available on the hard disk for the necessary printer spool files.

This behavior is most common on Microsoft Windows NT 4.0-based computers, because the printer spool files are created by default on the hard disk on which Windows is installed.


To resolve the issue, free up enough hard disk space to create the printer spool files or change the hard disk on which the printer spool files are created.

To change the hard disk on which the printer spool files are created:

  1. In the root folder of a hard disk with adequate free space, create a folder named Spool. To do this:

    1. Right-click the Start button, and then click Explore.
    2. In the left pane in Windows Explorer, click a hard disk with adequate free space for the printer spool files.
    3. On the File menu, point to New, and then click Folder.
    4. Type Spool, and then press ENTER.
  2. Click Start, point to Settings, and then click Printers.
  3. On the File menu, click Server Properties.
  4. Click the Advanced tab.
  5. Type the path to the Spool folder you created in step one.
  6. Click OK.

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