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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