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word processing and desktop publishing software, flyers, newsletters and minutes

Alignment The way multiple lines of text line up along the left margin, the right margin, or both margins.
Cursor An on-screen blinking character that shows where the next character will appear.
Desktop publishing (DTP) The use of a personal computer as an inexpensive production system for creating typeset-quality text and graphics.
Editing The process of updating a word processing document to correct spelling, layout issues, and other items to make the document visually appealing.
Flush left The alignment of text along the left margin, leaving a ragged right margin.
Flush right Aligning text along the right margin, leaving a ragged left margin.
Font One complete collection of letters, punctuation marks, numbers, and special characters with a consistent and identifiable typeface, weight, posture, and type size.
Formatting In a document, the format includes margins, the font and alignment used for text, headers, footers, page numbering, and the way that numbers are displayed.
Grammar checker A program, often a feature of word processing programs, that checks for the correct use of grammar rules by comparing each sentence against a file of grammar rules.
Justification The alignment of multiple lines of text along the left margin, the right margin, or both margins. The term justification often is used to refer to full justification, or the alignment of text along both margins.
Landscape A page layout in which text and/or graphics are printed across the long edge of the page (same as landscape orientation)
Orientation The vertical or horizontal setup of the printed page (landscape or portrait)
Point In typography, a fundamental unit of measurement (72 points equal approximately one inch).
Pointer An on-screen symbol, usually an arrow, that shows the current position of the mouse.
Portrait The default printing orientation for a page of text in which the height of the page is greater than the width. (same as portrait orientation)
Posture The slant of the characters in a font.
Spell checker A program, often a feature of word processing programs, that checks for the correct spelling of words in a document by comparing each word against a file of correctly spelled words.
Templates In a program, a document or worksheet that includes the text or formulas needed to create standardized documents.
Thesaurus A program, often a feature of word processing programs, that checks selected words in a document for others words of similar meaning.
Typeface The distinctive design of a set of type, distinguished from its weight, posture, and type size.
Type size The size of a font, measured in points from the top of the tallest ascender to the bottom of the lowest descender.
Weight The overall lightness or darkness of a typeface design, or the gradations of lightness to darkness within a font family.
Word processing Using the computer to create, edit, proofread, format, and print documents.
Word wrap A feature that causes the word processor to automatically jump to the next line so that you are not required to Enter key after each line.
WYSIWYG Acronym for what-you-see-is-what-you-get, meaning items are printed as they appear on the screen. (pronounced “wiz-zee-wig”)
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