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Definition: 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."

You Can Even Use a Hammer!
Years ago, this sponge hammer gag gift from Computer Giftware in Bloomingburg, New York highlighted the problem.