any key

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any key

(humour, hardware)
The key that particularly confused users look for on their computer keyboards when instructed to "Press any key to continue". "But my keyboard doesn't have a key labelled 'any'!".

Compaq FAQ.

any key

The message "press any key" means that you must press a key on the keyboard to continue. It makes no difference which one. Tech support reps in computer call centers claim that customers have occasionally asked where the "any key" is located.
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If you specify a directory containing database files, the K9 screen displays this message: "To convert the files, press any key.
When the recipient receives the invitation they simply follow the instructions to join the session and press any key to begin speaking.
To send a message, simply dial * (star) followed by the mobile number and press the call button then record your message after the tone and disconnect or press any key to hear more options.