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how can I speed up the process of a network printer receiving a large PDF file so I can print it?

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Hello and Good Morning Everyone,

          I am needing help printing out a large PDF file located at https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/i1040gi.pdf in a time-efficient manner.  The document is 108 pages.   Each time I attempt to send this document to the network printer at work,  the printer never actually receives it.  However, whenever I click on the printer icon at the bottom right of the screen, I see the message of spooling page 1, page 2, etc.  I went to different computers too and got the same result.   That said, I am wondering what I could do to speed up the process of the printer receiving the PDF document so I can print it.  

          Any shared tips and or suggestions regarding the resolution of this concern will be greatly appreciated.

          Thank you.

          George
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AlexA lack of information provides a lack of a decent solution.
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Change the printer to print directly to the printer and not spool it, it also depends on printer drivers, print model, whether it's on a print server etc etc etc.


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Alex

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Using direct connected printer will likely be the easy way to avoid spooling... and... a 108 page document... seems small, so the problem might be disk space where ever the print spooler is running.
AlexA lack of information provides a lack of a decent solution.
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Don't forget that the driver would have to render the PDF too. I've seen one PDF print at 300MB on one printer driver and then 20MB on another driver

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Hi Everyone,

           Thank you everyone for your suggestions.  Incidentally, what exactly does spooling mean?  Does that translate to data transmission between the computer and the printer?  Or, does that refer to  buffering or storing the documents to be printed?

            George
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How large is the spool file? I have had many occasions where Windows fails to print correctly if the spool file is too large. I expect trouble if it grows to more than 500 MB. Double-click the print icon on the Taskbar to check the size.

If the file is too big, setting the driver to print direct to the printer should fix it. Go to Devices & Printers, right-click the printer and select Printer Properties. Click the Advanced tab and tick the button for "Print directly to the printer".

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Thank you, everyone, for listing possible technical resolutions to spooling issues with printers.  Seeing that this issue happened at work with shared wireless network printers maintained by technicians, I was unable to entertain the suggestions mentioned.  However, I was able to eventually print the document at the conclusion of the spooling to the printer.  I strongly believe the printer drivers need to be updated seeing that the work computers are still running Windows 7.  

George
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Thanks for the points, GMartin, but please  update this question if you ever get to the bottom of this.