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Pause Break keyboard key1. Sometimes abbreviated as Br, the Break key is a computer keyboard key (shown right) that usually shares the same key as Pause. It enables a user to break the computer from a pause or other halted state. To use the break function, you may either press the break key alone, or press CTRL at the same time as the break key. For example, pressing the Pause key stops the computer as it boots, pressing it again, breaks out of that pause.

Where is the Break key on the keyboard?

The Break key may be abbreviated as Br or Break and is found with the other control keys on the keyboard. Below is an overview of a computer keyboard with the Pause key highlighted in blue.

Break key

Note: On Apple computer keyboards the Pause key and break key may be missing and have an F15 function key instead. With Apple keyboards you can perform the Pause function by pressing the Fn key and Esc key at the same time.

2. A command line command used within Microsoft operating systems that enable or disables the ability to send breaks. See the break command page for further information.

3. When writing in HTML, the <br> tag is used to create a single line break in a document.

4. Break is also a Linux command. See the Linux break command page for more information.

Also see: Control keys, HTML, Keyboard terms, Line break, Page break, Section break