Pause - PowerShell


The Pause command in PowerShell is used to suspend execution of the current script or function, allowing the user to review the current state or manually interact with the system before continuing. This command is particularly beneficial when debugging scripts, verifying outputs, or when interactive input is required.


Pause [-Message] <Message> [-Confirm] [-Force]


  • -Message: Specifies the message to display when the script pauses. Defaults to “Press any key to continue …”
  • -Confirm: Prompts the user for confirmation before continuing.
  • -Force: Continues script execution immediately without user input.


Simple Pause:


Pause with a Custom Message:

Pause -Message "Review the output below and press any key to continue."

Pause with Confirmation:

Pause -Confirm

Common Issues

  • Accidental Script Termination: When using Pause without the -Confirm option, users might accidentally terminate the script by pressing the Enter key.
  • Unexpected Prompt in Loops: If Pause is placed inside a loop, it can cause multiple prompts to appear.


The Pause command can be integrated into scripts and functions to control execution flow and facilitate user interaction. For example, it can be used to:

  • Pause Before Critical Actions: Suspend execution before performing irreversible actions, such as file deletion or system reconfiguration.
  • Debug Helper: Create a breakpoint in scripts to inspect variables, examine outputs, and verify assumptions.
  • Interactive Input: Prompt users for input or confirmation at specific points in the script.
  • Read-Host: Prompts the user for input without pausing the script.
  • Confirm-Object: Prompts the user to confirm an operation or set of objects.
  • Wait-Event: Suspends execution until a specified event occurs.