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break key alternative

I purchased a Vostro 3550 whose keyboard has no BREAK key.

Certain applications require a CTRL-BREAK to stop a process.

Does anybody have a suggestion on an alternative?

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First the good news:

To get the "Scancode Map" line in the registry, paste the following into a text file with a ".reg" extension (use Notepad):

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Keyboard Layout]
"Scancode Map"=hex:00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,02,00,00,00,46,e0,44,00,00,00,00,00

Note that no matter what version of regedit you have, the first line in the file must be as shown and a blank line must be after it. Then just double-click the file name and it will get imported into the registry automatically.

Then you can use Regedit to modify the binary data.

Now the bad news:

I have a Dell 2350 All-In-One which doesn't have a Break key and I have not been able to get this to work (with Visual Basic 6). The Dell uses keys F7-F12 as media control keys. I tried mapping to F6, which does not have any other controls mapped to it, but it still didn't work, so I am still without a Break key.

I have read posts online in which people say this method has worked for them, so I don't know if it is just a problem with Windows 8.1 or with Visual  Basic 6 or with the Dell. If anyone can get it to work, I would love to hear about it.

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OSK worked for me but I had to use <ctrl><scrlck> rather than <ctrl><pause>

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I discovered that Ctrl+Fn+B worked. (B for Break)

No need to edit registry settings.

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