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When you press the Windows Logo+BREAK keyboard shortcut to open the System Properties dialog box, the dialog box may not appear.
This problem occurs because some newer keyboards may have separate keys for the pause function and the break function. Instead of both functions being on the same key, the keyboard has a PAUSE key separate from the BREAK key.
To resolve this issue on keyboards that have separate PAUSE and BREAK keys, use the Windows Logo+PAUSE keyboard shortcut to open the System Properties dialog box.
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section of this article.
On many keyboards, the key that commands the pause and break functions is typically labeled as the BREAK key. Therefore, many keyboard shortcuts instruct you to "press a key plus the BREAK key." However, when you press only the BREAK key, the default behavior is to pause.
This behavior that many people are familiar with can cause some confusion on newer keyboards that have separate PAUSE and BREAK keys. For example, newer portable computers may have separate PAUSE and BREAK keys.
Steps to reproduce the behaviorFollow these steps on a keyboard that has a single PAUSE/BREAK key:
Article ID: 839573 - Last Review: February 12, 2007 - Revision: 1.1