I am trying to get into C programming, but the larger the project get, the more often I want to interrupt programs I run from CMD. Usually when running for example Python from the CMD, I can interrupt the script using CTRL+C. This however does not work. I have seen people say you can use CTRL+BREAK/PAUSE, but my keyboard does not have those keys.

Is there any way I could interrupt C programs I run from CMD? Maybe using a custom keybind (to tell CMD CTRL+C is the same as CTRL+BREAK)?


If the CTRL + C doesn't work for you, use the CTRL + break, you should find break somewhere around your page up and pause keys, depending on what type of keyboard you're using. But CTRL + break usually works or even ESC

  • Read my post again ;) The first one does not work and the latter is not on my keyboard – Wilfred Aug 4 '17 at 23:40
  • what type of computer are you using? e.g. Hp dv6, Dell XPS 13 – antzshrek Aug 4 '17 at 23:49
  • I am using a Qompaq Presario CQ57 laptop, if that helps anything ^^ – Wilfred Aug 4 '17 at 23:54
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    google image search looks like Pause is fn + right shift on the cq57 keyboard. Add a ctrl to that and you might get the equivalent of ctrl + break – Wumpus Q. Wumbley Aug 5 '17 at 0:22

You can use AutoHotkey to make Ctrl+C send Ctrl+Break instead - or to have it send both - only in Command Prompt.

Here are AutoHotkey scripts for both:

  • Ctrl+C sends only Ctrl+Break:

    #IfWinActive, Command Prompt
  • Ctrl+C sends both Ctrl+Break and Ctrl+C:

    #IfWinActive, Command Prompt

The tilde (~) makes the key retain also its original function. To use, simply install the program, put the script you want in a file and run it.

  • Works like a charm! Thanks! Maybe not the most elegant way, but it does the trick! – Wilfred Aug 6 '17 at 10:35

CTRL+C should work as long as it is a command shell / window, i use CTRL+C to stop CMD processes and batch files, problem is sometimes it asks if you want to exit in a app specific way (eg: Batch = "Terminate batch job (Y/N)?"),then when you type "y" it exits so because i would not recommend this if you are debugging your'e C file. however i believe there are programs to edit key binds and / or bind a certan key to somthing (eg numpad7 = windows+R) ill have a look into it and edit this later on.


ive found this wich may be useful: http://lifehacker.com/5883003/the-best-key-remapper-for-windows i don't know if it will work but its the best one i could find. hope this helps

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