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'!".

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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. In the early days of personal computers, tech support reps in call centers reported that customers occasionally said they could not find the "any key."


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