Updated: 05/22/2017 by Computer Hope

A break may refer to any of the following:

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.

Where is a Break key on PC laptop keyboard?

Laptop control keysThe Break key on a laptop is often part of another key around the Backspace key as shown in the picture. If a laptop is using two keys as one key, you must press the Fn key with the second key you want to use. In our example picture, the Scr Lk, Pause, and Break are all blue and a different color than the other keys. To use these keys, press the Fn key and the key with the blue text you want to use. With our example picture, if you needed Delete you'd press the Delete key by itself and to use Break press and hold the Fn key and the Pause key at the same time.

Note: When it comes to PC laptop's there is no standard placement for these keys. Your laptop may not have the same configuration as shown in the picture. However, all PC's follow the same steps mentioned above.

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

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