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Computer Terminology

Mrs. Wilson

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6.A box that asks you to make a decision about an individual object or topic. Dialog boxes do not have Minimize buttons.
7.A box that displays information or a program, such as a letter, Excel worksheet, or a calculator. Windows usually consist of title bars, toolbars, menu bars, and status bars. A window will always have a Minimize button.
8.Click the right mouse button to activate a shortcut menu.
10.The arrow, I-beam, or other symbol that shows the location or position of the mouse on your screen. Also called the pointer.
11.An area to the right of the Start button that contains shortcut icons for commonly used programs.
15.The bar at the right side of a window that enables you to move up and down to view information that extends beyond the top and bottom of the screen.
17.A storage area for files that have been deleted. Files can be recovered from the Recycle bin or permanently removed.
18.To increase the size of a window to fill the screen.
22.Displays the program icon, the name of the document, and the name of the program. The Minimize, Maximize/Restore Down, and Close buttons are grouped on the right side of the title bar.
23.A small box, activated by holding the pointer over a button or other screen object, that displays the name of a screen element.
24.Move the mouse pointer while holding down the left mouse button and then release at the appropriate time.
26.Positioning the tip of the pointer in the center of an icon or other screen object.
28.The basic screen from which Windows and applications are run. The desktop consists of program icons, a taskbar, a Start button, and a mouse pointer.
29.A horizontal bar at the bottom of the document window that provides information about the current state of what you are viewing in the window, including the page number, and whether overtype or track changes are on or off.
31.A small minus (-) button to the left of a folder that you click to hide the items in that folder.
32.To remove the window from the screen without closing it. Minimized windows can be reopened by clicking the associated button in the taskbar.
1.The button on the left side of the taskbar that is used to start programs, change system settings, find Windows help, or shut down the computer.
2.Press the left mouse button twice in rapid succession, using caution not to move the mouse.
3.The bar at the bottom of a window that enables you to move left and right to view information that extends beyond the left and right edges of the screen.
4.Work that you save and store on a drive, such as a Word document or a PowerPoint presentation.
5.Storage area, represented on the screen by a picture of a paper file folder, used to store files or other folders.
9.The three characters to the right of the period in a file name. Extensions tell the computer the program to use to open the file. File extensions can be displayed or hidden.
12.Area on the right side of the taskbar that keeps you informed about processes that are occurring in the background, such as antivirus software, network connections, and other utility programs. It also displays the time.
13.Displays the path of the current file or folder; also, in Internet Explorer, displays the address of the active Web page.
14.A row of buttons that activates commands, such as Undo or Bold, with a single click of the left mouse button.
16.A set of instructions that coordinates the activities of your computer. Microsoft Windows XP is an operating system.
19.A graphic representation; often a small image on a button that enables you to run a program or program function.
20.To press the left mouse button once.
21.A small plus (+) button to the left of a folder that you click to display the items in that folder.
25.A shortcut button in a title bar that closes a window or a program.
27.Displays the Start button and the name of any open documents. The taskbar may also display shortcut buttons for other programs.
30.A list of commands within a category.

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