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vocabulary

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activation key combination of letters and numbers a user must enter before using software
adapter card adds additional functions to a computer by plugging into a motherboard
application software computer programs are designed to help users complete tasks on their computers or smartphones
byte basic measurement unit of computer storage and memory
download transfer of a file from the internet to a computer
graphic user interface (GUI) a way to manipulate a computer system by interacting with graphics instead of typing commands
hard disk drive permanent storage
hardware physical parts on a computer
input device provides information for computer to process
memory card data storage device used in digital cameras and smartphones
motherboard large circuit board of a computer where peripherals attatch
network group of connected computers
operating system system software provided to a computer user by the computer manufacturer
presentation application a computer program that allows users to create a show to display for an audience with the ability to use media
processor computing center of a computer where all information is processed
random access memory (RAM) temporary storage
server host computer that delivers web pages and other apps.
software a program that is not a physical device that directs the computer to perform certain tasks
software upgrade a change in an application or new feature added to a software program that a developer releases usually on the internet for users to add
spreadsheet application a computer program that allows a user to create worksheets with data in rows and columns to sort and manipulate as needed
storage device a device that keeps a computer a computer's information even when it is off, until the user decides to delete the information
utility program computer software that maintains the system for maximum performance
word processing a computer program that allows a user to create documents with text
browsing process of performing a search of online categories in order to find a website or web page
citation a quote from a larger work
credibility whether or not a source provides reliable, accurate information checked and verified by an expert
domain name the words or numbers known as IP addresses that identifies a website
e-commerce the buying and selling of goods online
home page the first page in a group of pages on a website that describes the sites purpose and navigational structure for moving through the website
internet service provider (ISP) a company that sells internet connectivity to individuals
keyword a term or group of terms used to find information on the web
malware computer software that works as an independent program that infects a computers files and programs after being downloaded from what looks like a trusted source
netiquette informemal rules of behavior for communicating on the web
new media content not traditionally delivered in digital form that is now found online
phishing the practice of using spam e-mail to elicit a response and obtain a computer user's private information
rootkit a computer virus that attacks a computers internal storage system
search engine an automated database that delivers a list of links as a response to a specific keyword request from the user
social engineering the usually criminal practice of manipulating a person into providing sensitive information online
social networks an online community
trojan horse a computer virus disguised as a normal program after being downloaded from an e-mail pop-up advertisement or downloaded software
world wide web a collection of internet sites that provide text, graphics, sound, video, and other digital content
central processing unit the main system of a computer that controls and carries out its function
contest-sensitive menus these shortcut menu choices appear as a user right-clicks on the computer screem
dialog box a window that appears during the use of a computer application the window contains a question or request confirmation of an action the user must reply to before continuing
format painter a command on the home tab that provides access to document formatting style
function key one of the 12 keys located at the top of the computer keyboard labeled f1 through f12 they are used to perform shortcut functions
key tips a window ribbon feature allowing a user to use the keyboard keys instead of a mouse to switch tabs or activate commands from the quick access toolbar
menu a graphical collection of options that appears on your desktop so you can perform a function on your computer
microsoft access the database creation and management program in the microsoft office suite
microsoft excel the spreadsheet program in the microsoft office suite
microsoft office 2010 a suite of computer programs created and distributed by microsoft that includes word processing,spreadsheet, presentation, and database software
microsoft one note the multiuser collaboration program in the microsoft office suite
microsoft power point presentation software in the microsoft office suite
microsoft outlook a personal information manager and e-mail client that is offered as part of the microsoft office suite or as a standalone product
microsoft publisher the desktop publishing program in the microsoft office suite
microsoft word the word processing program in the microsoft office suite
network drive a location on a server where networked users can access shared files by mapping to the specific location where they reside
quick access toolbar a group of frequently used commands on the window ribbon interface you can customize the set of commands it displays
recycle bin a location on the desktop represented by a wastepaper basket icon where files appear after you delete them
scrollbar sliding control tools on the bottom and side of the computer window that allows you to navigate within your document
shortcut the graphical icons on your desktop for programs you access frequently or those you choose to access directly from your desktop
status bar this is a row of information about the current application that appears at the bottom of the document
task bar appears at the bottom of the computer desktop screen and displays all running programs, diagnostics, and the date and time