Type: Internal (1.0 and later)
Purpose: Suspends execution of a batch file until a key is pressed.
PAUSE suspends execution of the batch file and displays the message Strike a key when ready … With some versions of DOS, a comment may also be entered on the same line as PAUSE. The comment prompt is displayed before the Strike a key when ready message. For more information on using the PAUSE command and other batch commands, refer to Chapter 5, Using Batch Files.
To suspend execution of a batch file and display the message Insert the target diskette in drive A, enter
pause Insert the target diskette in drive A