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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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Welcome to the trenches, nothing is "shocking" on Windows. – Pacerier Jul 3 '15 at 4:15
@Pacerier telnet predates Windows, and Microsoft had excellent UI standards in the 80s and 90s. – Cees Timmerman Jan 7 at 13:07
up vote 215 down vote accepted

It should have printed something along the lines of:

Escape character is '^]'.

Since ^X is CtrlX, try Ctrl] for ^].

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
On my swedish keyboard it was Ctrl+¨ – Krycke Mar 16 at 11:05

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 '15 at 18:45
From @Isaac: This also works on Windows 8.1. – fixer1234 Apr 20 '15 at 5:21
@Alexander you have to press Ctrl + ] and only then when telnet> prompt appears enter quit. – Gacha Dec 29 '15 at 11:58
For some reason I get Microsoft Telnet> ^] Invalid Command. type ?/help for help but quit works. Thanks. – crclayton Feb 9 at 0:41

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