I can’t send break commands (e.g. using Ctrl + Shift + 6) to a Cisco router I can’t send break commands (e.g. using Ctrl + Shift + 6) to a Cisco router

I can’t send break commands (e.g. using Ctrl + Shift + 6) to a Cisco router

Dmitry Machulo Dmitry Machulo

This article explains  how you can send a break command to a Cisco router or switch that run Cisco IOS.

Press Ctrl + 6 or Ctrl + 6, X.

You first need to change or disable the 'Ctrl + [1…9]' shortcut (see below). Once you do that, use Ctrl + 6 or Ctrl + 6, X to send break sequences.

You can change or disable the Ctrl + [1…9] shortcut in Preferences > Shortcuts:

  • To change the shortcut, click it and press a different key or key combination.
  • To disable the shortcut, click it and press Backspace.

Press Ctrl + Shift + 6 or Ctrl + Shift + 6, X.

Press Ctrl + Shift + 6 or Ctrl + Shift + 6, X.

ℹ️ According to the Cisco IOS documentation, 'X' is required only for modem connections.

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