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No Break key on Studio Keyboard

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I originally posted this tot the desktop forum and was told I should have posted to the laptop forum instead. So here it is
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I have a Studio xps 16. It is missing a number of keys found on other Dell keyboards such as Pause, Break, ScrollLock, Numlock etc.

I am doing some software development on it and need to have a CTRL-Break combination to break into running code. On my Latitude the fn+Pause keys were the Break key so to get ctrl-Break I did CTRL+FN+PAUSE. 

There apparently is a registry entry that can be set to do scancode mappings

   Computer\HKEY_LOCALMACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Keyboard Layout\Scancode Map

but

• The Pause/Break key cannot be remapped. This special key generates a 3-byte
scancode, but the Scancode Map registry entry only allows for the remapping of
2-byte scancodes.

I called Dell Tech Support and they said to buy and attach an external keyboard ( !?!? ).

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solution
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Starting osk.exe and then holding down the CTRL and Fn keys and clicking PAUSE on the On-Screen Keyboard did the trick.

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  • Have you tried <cntrl>-c? How about Fn-Delete?

    XPS M1530, Windows 10 AU Pro 32-bit
    Inspiron E1705, Windows 10 AU Pro 32-bit
    Dimension 9100, Windows 10 AU Pro 32 bit
    Inspiron 660, Windows 10 AU 64 bit
    Compaq DX 4370G, Windows 10 AU 64 bit
    Asus T100 Tablet, Windows 10 AU 32 bit

  • Ctrl-C isn't likely to work???

    Tried Fn-Delete - no go.

    This is really frustrating - i've spent a small fortune on my XPS - and i have been really pleased with it - but there is no BREAK key. This means it's pretty useless - i really don't want to have to lug an external keyboard around.

    Does anyone have an answer - there must be a way of simulating the BREAK key - there are so many software systems that need it.

  • Try <ctrl><alt><esc>

    If no-go, do a search on the web.

    XPS M1530, Windows 10 AU Pro 32-bit
    Inspiron E1705, Windows 10 AU Pro 32-bit
    Dimension 9100, Windows 10 AU Pro 32 bit
    Inspiron 660, Windows 10 AU 64 bit
    Compaq DX 4370G, Windows 10 AU 64 bit
    Asus T100 Tablet, Windows 10 AU 32 bit

  • <ctrl><alt><esc> Works as Ctrl - Break on XPS 17 running Windows 7

  • There might be another solution with program "AutoHotKey".Writing the right(simple) code should make it possible to use just one key instead of using a combination of keys

    http://www.autohotkey.com/

    The general example below works with windows7/64bit - I don't have a program that requires the "Break" key otherwise I would have given it a try.....

  • Deel XPS 17 l702x

    mapping: Scroll Lock -> Home, Pause/Break -> End

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Keyboard Layout]
    "Scancode Map"=hex:00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,03,00,00,00,1d,e1,4f,e0,46,00,47,e0,\
      00,00,00,00


  • Try:

    [Ctrl]-[Fn]-[F12] for Ctrl-Break

    [Fn]-[F12] for Pause

    [Fn]-[F5] for Scroll Lock

    Hope this helps - worked for me on some other Dell models.

  • Hello Paul, 

    At my Dell XPS 15 the combination  Ctrl-Fn-Delete does the trick. No external keyboard needed

    Kind greetings from Austria,
    Derk Jan 

  • I have an XPS L502X. I found that Fn+Insert works. I was able to pause/unpause the game in Company of Heroes. 

    I've been looking for the answer to this for a couple years. I tried all the different key mapping software without success. Finally found it by just trying random things. 

    Hope this helps. 

  • Try 

    CTRL + FN +S

    Yes