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Computer Terms Part1

Part 1 of beginning computer vocabulary

TermDefinition
Hardware any part of the computer system that can be seen or touched.
Software a program or set of instructions that perform tasks on a computer.
CPU (Central Processing Unit) The processing part of a computer.
Monitor the hardware that looks like a TV set. The glass front is called the screen.
Keyboard hardware that is made up of the letters, numbers, symbols, function keys, etc.
Mouse a hand held device used to point to and select items on the screen.
Printer hardware that produces a paper copy of information from a computer.
Hard Drive The main storage area inside a computer used for storing programs and information. It is hard because it is metal.
Memory (RAM) A place to temporarily store information being used by the computer. Contents are lost when the computer is powered off.
Input Devices equipment that enables data to enter the computer. Examples are mouse, keyboard, and scanner.
Output Devices equipment that enables information to come out of the computer. Examples are printer, speakers, and monitor.
USB (Universal Serial Bus) An external connector between a computer and peripheral devices.
Flash drive A small, portable device used to transfer and store information from a computer which connects through USB. Also called a thumb drive, pen drive, or jump drive.
Login The process of entering a username and password in order to gain access to a computer or program.
Password a series of letters and/or numbers assigned to a user that allows the user to log on.
Created by: Mrs.LJohnson