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escape key

A keyboard key commonly used to exit a mode or routine, or cancel some function. It is the key labeled "Esc."
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Again, should the program return an error message or should any beeps sound, press either the Esc key or Ctrl key and Break keys.
To leave or quit the custom menu just press the Esc key.
The Esc key brings up a menu of options from which to choose other options.
It restores the previous text, provided you have not moved to another record or not pressed the Esc key to select the Functions menu.
The set consists of four green replacement keys--W, A, S, D--as well as a red Esc key, and is available for both the Ultimate and Professional versions of Das Keyboard's highly acclaimed Model S mechanical keyboard.
W, A, S, D and Esc Keys Now Offered in Green and Red for Easy Replacement on Model S Keyboards
One-hand navigation is assisted by a thumb-operated track-wheel and ESC key on the side.
To quickly close an open dialogue window, hit the Esc key.
If your system grabs a chunk of memory for graphics use, you should be able to reduce the amount used by entering the BIOS setup (usually by pressing the Del or Esc key during start-up), albeit at the expense of graphical quality.
You can usually change BIOS settings by pressing the Del or Esc key during startup, and a message on the screen should tell you this.