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Applies To: Windows 7, Windows Server 2000, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Vista, Windows XP

Pauses the command processor for the specified number of seconds.

For examples of how to use this command, see Examples.


timeout/t <TimeoutInSeconds> [/nobreak] 


Parameter Description

/t <TimeoutInSeconds>

Specifies the decimal number of seconds (between -1 and 99999) to wait before the command processor continues processing. The value -1 causes the computer to wait indefinitely for a keystroke.


Specifies to ignore user key strokes.


Displays help at the command prompt.


  • The timeout command is typically used in batch files.

  • A user keystroke resumes the command processor execution immediately, even if the timeout period has not expired.

  • When used in conjunction with the sleep command, timeout is similar to the pause command.


To pause the command processor for ten seconds, type:

timeout /t 10

To pause the command processor for 100 seconds and ignore any keystroke, type:

timeout /t 100 /nobreak

To pause the command processor indefinitely until a key is pressed, type:

timeout /t -1

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