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I start telnet by telnet host port. How do I stop it in Windows? Shockingly, Ctrl+C doesn't work.

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It should have printed something along the lines of

Escape character is '^]'.

If it is ^], try to press Ctrl+] (^X being equivalent to Ctrl+X). You should then enter the telnet console, where you can enter quit to leave telnet.

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on Windows, run telnet with out arguments to see what the escape character is. On some localized Windows versions where ] is only available with Alt Gr key, the key combination is Ctrl++. –  mihi Oct 11 '12 at 18:24
As far as I remember Ctrl+5 was equivalent with ^] on my (Norwegian) keyboard. –  hlovdal Oct 12 '12 at 8:34
Ctrl+¨ on Windows 7 and sv/fi layout. –  mkataja Nov 3 '13 at 0:11
On Ubuntu Ctrl + ], quit worked for me –  user1527227 Jun 19 '14 at 20:31

Type quit to exit telnet in windows.

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Worked on MacOS X as well ;) –  karlingen Jun 13 '14 at 7:13
Also works in Linux. –  에이바 Jan 30 at 18:45

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