What does the "pause", and "break" key normally do on Windows? I have function keys for them on my laptop. All I know is that it is used for some games.
Answer by boba0420 · Sep 07, 2010 at 11:52 PM
Good question, I've always wondered that. I do know that if you press the Win key+Pause/break, it will bring up your system info.
EDIT: Just found this:
The Pause/Break key was used in the DOS command line environment to pause scrolling of text on the screen, which could, depending on the program and its method of text output to the screen, have the effect of pausing program execution. The Break key, when combined with the Ctrl key, is used to terminate DOS applications - and still does today, even in the DOS window of Windows XP.
Answer by GrahamAlanJones · Sep 08, 2010 at 01:27 AM
if u press pause/break key when you power your computer on it will pause the bios/hardware/memory checks etc and will only continue when you press the enter key also Ctrl-Alt-Break is a key combination used in windows remote desktop to reduce a fullscreen remote desktop session to windowed mode.
Answer by GavinRoskamp · Sep 08, 2010 at 10:34 PM
It's been around way before Windows-based PCs. Try computers with BASIC. Mainly, it just pauses the execution of the program that is running. In current Windows OSs though, it doesn't do much. Windows+Pause gets the system information window, and that's about it.
Answer by FizzNakLe · Sep 10, 2010 at 09:01 PM
Windows key + pause give you your system configuration stats.
I know I used it all the time in DOS: If you used the Soundblaster 16 organ, you could pause music If you were playing a game like Jill of the Jungle or Xargon, you could pause the game If you typed "dir" you could pause the listing of files
On older computers, like mid 90's you could hit it while your system is boot so you could see information about processes as they load
Answer by Morphyous2051 · Sep 11, 2010 at 03:01 AM
So basically, they should just rename it "The Any Key" and those that are still out there looking for that will finally have something they can push.
Just kidding.... all information about is good info, for anyone out there still dabbling in DOS.(although I can't say as I know any other than myself from time to time)