Macintosh Keyboard -Bootcamp- no Pause/Break button

truthtruth Registered User
(I am asking this in case I ever find myself using a Mac with Hog3PC installed.)

Though I don't have a Mac to test on, yesterday I was asked if I knew how to get around the no Pause/Break button issue when using a Mac laptop with Windows XP installed via Bootcamp (a partition, not a virtualization, so other than the keyboard it is virtually the same). The person who asked me said that they just plugged in a PC keyboard to get around it. Being curious, I thought I'd ask here because there is no way for me to test this myself.

First, has this already been solved? In Hog3PC control panel there is a Keyboard option for Macintosh, does that solve the problem of not having a Pause/Break key? And is there a manual for the differences in the keyboard shortcuts among the different keyboard options?

What support pages say:

(Of course, in results about Bootcamp it says there are included keyboard drivers, so I don't think that would be an issue.)

This article about Apple Keyboard Mapping links to an article about keyboard layout which has a link to the Microsoft Keyboard Layout Creator.

"Boot Camp: Apple keyboard mapping in Windows XP and Vista"

"Mac OS X 10.5, Boot Camp: Understanding how Apple localized keyboard character combinations are mapped in Windows"

The Microsoft Keyboard Layout Creator page

If the aforementioned Macintosh Keyboard setting found in the Control Panel doesn't solve the missing Pause/Break key issue with the Mac keyboard then does the Microsoft Keyboard Layout Creator solve it?

Or does using an alternative key-mapping software I've found called Sharpkeys work?

Okay, if none of the above solves the problem then perhaps the OSK (On Screen Keyboard) will solve it? Or if that one doesn't work then perhaps an alternative onscreen keyboard will? I found a freeware called Click-N-Type (it's necessary to open an included keyboard profile to get the Pause/Break key) (Also, Click-N-Type works together with CNTDesigner which creates custom Keyboards for Click-N-Type). For a list see:

Again, I'm asking all this because I don't have a Mac to test with. And the person I talked to said that they tried lots of methods before settling on using an external PC keyboard.

If you use a Mac then how did you solve this to get keyboard access to the missing keys such as the Pause/Break?



  • stevejardenstevejarden Registered User
    edited July 2010
    try using the on screen keyboard
  • cmuenchowcmuenchow Registered User, Administrator, HES Staff
    edited July 2010
    I believe it's fn+shift+F12
  • jxgriffijxgriffi Registered User, DL Beta, Hog Beta
    edited July 2010
    From the Bootcamp setup manual...


    In case you can't read it, according to the manual, it says for Apple External keyboards, it's F16. For internal keyboards, it's Fn-Esc.
  • cmuenchowcmuenchow Registered User, Administrator, HES Staff
    edited July 2010
    Thanks Jon,

    Just confirmed this on my Macbook Pro today. FN+ESC does indeed work on the laptop keyboard.
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