Lenovo ThinkPad – ‘Where is the Pause/Break Key?’

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Much as I like my new S531 work ThinkPad, I thought after discovering it had no serial port, no RGB monitor port, and the worst touch-pad in the entire history of input devices (I now carry a mouse it’s so bad!), that my bad experiences were over. That was until I needed to reset a password on a Cisco Router, and needed to send a ‘Break’ keystroke. There is no pause break key?

Wheres the Pause Break Key


Initially I tossed the cable over to my colleague who sent the keystroke for me, then the second time I went down to the workshop and grabbed a spare USB keyboard and used that.

However, I thought that’s no good if I’m on a client site and I need to reset a router, switch, or firewall password. So when I got home I dragged out a Cisco router and set about working out how to do it.

Option 1

You can use the following key stroke to send a ‘break’, Fn+Ctrl+P. (Note: to Pause it would be Fn+P).

ThinkPad Pause Break



Option 2

If you are using PuTTY, you can send a ‘Break’ Keystroke via Special Command > Break.

Putty send break

Option 3

Press Windows Key+R > osk {Enter} > Ctrl > Pause.

On Screen Keyboard

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