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Tech Vocabulary

Common technology terms

Application Complete, self-contained programs that perform a specific function e.g. spreadsheets, databases.
Bit A computer's most basic unit of information.
Byte Small unit of data storage; 8 bits; usually holds one character.
Click Occurs when a user presses a button on a mouse which in turn, generates a command to the computer.
Clicking Pressing & releasing a button on the mouse to select or activate the area on the screen where the cursor is pointing. Usually, you click the left side of the mouse (left click). For more advanced functions, click the right side of the mouse (right click).
Cursor A small image on the screen indicating where you are pointing.
Database A large structured set of data; a file that contains numerous records that contain numerous fields.
Desktop The information that appears on the computer soon after the computer is turned on. The desktop contains a number of icons, or images, that you can click to start programs.
Dialog Box A special box that appears when the computer needs additional information in order to carry out a task.
Double Click Occurs when a user presses a button on the mouse twice in quick succession; this generates a command to the computer.
Download Transferring data from another computer or website to your computer.
Drag Occurs when a user points the mouse at an icon or folder, presses the button and without releasing the button, moves the icon or folder to another place on the computer where the button is released.
File Nameable unit of data storage; an element of data storage; a single sequence of bytes.
Folder A graphical representation used to organize a collection of computer files; as in the concept of a filing cabinet (computer's hard drive) with files (folders).
Gigabyte (GB) 1,073,741,824 bytes or 1,024 megabytes.
Kilobyte 1,024 bytes.
Megabyte 1,048,576 bytes or 1,024 kilobytes; enough storage to approximately equal a 600 page paperback book.
Menu A list of operations available to the user of a program.
Modem A peripheral device used to connect one computer to another over a phone line.
RAM Random access memory; the type of storage that is erased when the computer is turned off.
ROM A graphical representation of program activities; a row of icons used to perform tasks in a program
Virus A deliberately harmful computer program designed to create annoying glitches or destroy data.
Word Processor A program that allows the user to create primarily text documents.
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