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I can't find a pause button in Terraria, is there one? If I press the escape key, it just brings up my inventory - I tried pressing different keys, but none of them seem to do anything.

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+1 I was wondering the same thing – Wipqozn May 23 '11 at 21:52
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You can Alt-Tab out of the window and it will pause gameplay. It's hackish, but it does pause (you can also do this during loading, and it will keep loading).

As James has pointed out, this is single-player only. There is currently (and I doubt there ever will be) no multiplayer pause.

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This is single player only. – James May 20 '11 at 21:15
Yeah, Alt + Tab works for me, or you can - in windowed mode - just click out of the screen. – user10197 Jun 6 '11 at 16:09

Game pauses automatically if you ALT+TAB to another program.

UPDATE: In Terraria 1.0.4 devs added the following option related to pausing:

  • Added an option that will pause the game while talking to an NPC or opening your inventory in single player. It defaults to off.

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The Steam overlay definitely does not pause the game for me. – authenticgeek May 21 '11 at 16:21
@Nick Sorry, you are right, my fault. – Drake May 23 '11 at 19:34
Be warned! This method will not work while on a multiplayer server! – Raven Dreamer Jun 11 '11 at 2:39

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