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Computer terms

Bit The smallest unit of information recognized by a computer.
Byte A group of bits strung together to form a character.
Central Processing Unit (CPU) The brain of the computer that directs all operations necessary for a computer to turn data into information.
Character A symbol generated on the computer screen by pressing any key.
Compact Disk/Read Only Memory (CD-ROM) Disks used to store data.
Data Facts or figures that are assembled and processed to produce needed information.
Default A particular setting for a variable that is assigned automatically by the software and remains in effect unless charged by the user.
Disk Drive The drive in the Central Processing Unit where a disk is inserted.
Edit To change the contents of a document.
File A document that is stored electronically.
Flash Memory Faster than disk storage with up to 16 GB or more data transferring over a universal serial bus(USB).
Floppy Disk A storage device made of flexible plastic material on which electronic data can be recorded.
Format The arrangement of data for storage or display and the method for achieving such an arrangement.
Hard Drive A storage device typically located inside the CPU that is enclosed with an airtight case. This is the main storage device of a computer and are the fastest and have the greatest storage capacity.
Hardware Another name for computer equipment.
Input Device Any hardware device which allows the user to enter data into a computer.
Keyboard The most common method of inputting data into a computer and processing that data.
Modem A communications device that allows a computer to connect to the internet.
Moniter The component of a computer that displays text and images on a screen.
Network Two or more computers that are connected together to share resources such as hardware,date, and software.
Output Device A device such as the printer,video display, or speaker, that presents data from a computer to a user.
Printer Output device that produces text or graphics on paper.
Random Access Memory (RAM) Saves all data while the computer is turned on and automatically erases it when it's turned off.
Router A network device that connects two or more networks to one another.
Save Storing a document or Data electronically.
Scanner A device that reads an image (as a photograph) or document (page of text) especially for use or storage on a computer.
Storage Device A hardware device capable of holding data or information.
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