Substitute for BREAK key

Posted on 2009-04-29
Last Modified: 2013-12-09
There is no BREAK/PAUSE key on a DELL STUDIO 1735 Laptop.  How doo you issue a CTRL-BREAK instruction without the Break key?
Question by:gus_mat
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    Accepted Solution

    Some keyboards have less keys because of their size and layout. You may have to use an external USB keyboard for your programming.
     From Wikipedia: "Compact and notebook keyboards often have the Pause/Break key mapped to a function command: for example Ctrl+Fn+F11." - You can try that.
     You can also try Ctrl+C. That creates a break in some programs/compliers.
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    Assisted Solution

    Can also try an on-screen keyboard (annoying, I know).
    Vista: Start button, search box: on-screen
    XP: Click on Start -> All Programs -> Accessories -> Accessibility -> On-Screen Keyboard
    Best regards,
    Brian Drain
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    Expert Comment

    I had the same problem.  The solution was the on screen keyboard.  Thanks to mycarefreepc for posting that.  He should've got the points!
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    Expert Comment

    Thanks a lot OxonDev, I appreciate that!  I knew the other methods didn't work either.. ha

    Expert Comment

    On my Dell Vostro 1520, I find that the pause button functions as the break key -- that is Fn-F12.  So to get a ctrl-alt-break to full-size Remote Desktop you need ctrl-alt-FN-F12.

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