I see press any key... on my screen and:

  1. I'm wondering which key I should press...


  2. I'm pressing a key, but nothing happens!

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TL;DR In most cases the Any key is the space bar.

Check your skills

sudo apt-get install xautomation
sudo apt-get install xbindkeys
printf "%s\n\t%s\n" "\"notify-send 'Any key'\"" "space" > ./foo
xbindkeys -f ./foo

check your skills and after that killall xbindkeys, maybe with copy'n'paste ;)

BTW, I have the Any key. Works great.

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    :D You just stole that from the comments! – Fabby Jun 29 '15 at 11:48
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    @Fabby Sure, it's open source =) – A.B. Jun 29 '15 at 11:51
  • @Fabby Were you satisfied with my answer? Then give me an upvote (∧). If I could solve your problem, then it would be nice if you'd mark my answer (✓). askubuntu.com/help/someone-answers ;) – A.B. Jun 29 '15 at 12:48
  • I upvoted it before I wrote the comment! – Fabby Jun 29 '15 at 14:14

On this example keyboard:

Esc      F1F2F3F4    F5F6F7F8    F9F10F11F12    Prnt  Scrl  Pse 
  `   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   0   -   = Bksp         Ins  HmePgUp
 Tab   Q   W   E   R   T   Y   U   I   O   P   [  ] Entr    Del  End PgDn
 Caps   A   S   D   F   G   H   J   K   L   ;   '  #       
 Shift  \   Z   X   C   V   B   N   M   ,   .   /        Shift                    ↑  
 Ctrl     Alt                                                                  Alt          Ctrl      ←    ↓     →   

  1. Press any of the black keys once.


  2. Don't press any of the orange keys.

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    Nope. Depends on the app. Some games will take more keys - including Ctrl and Shift, for example, but usually not the Fn key. – muru Jun 29 '15 at 11:39
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    Full marks for effort, but I really don't see the point of this Q&A. Also, what @muru said. – terdon Jun 29 '15 at 11:47
  • @terdon: another SOHF? :P >:) – Fabby Jun 29 '15 at 11:50
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    @Tim: Thanks! I was waiting for someone to do that! (Much harder then it looks to get it absolutely right...) – Fabby Jun 29 '15 at 12:26
  • Which group does the spacebar belong to? :-) – Melebius Apr 26 '18 at 10:16

I've found that Enter or Space always work.

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