Computer Word Glossary


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A

Antivirus

Security software that helps protect your computer from viruses spread online


App/application

App is short for application. These are programs that you can download onto a smartphone or tablet computer to help you do things. For example you could download your bank’s app to help you bank online


Attachment

A file which has been sent with an email. This could be almost any type of document


B

Bookmark

Bookmarking a website allows you to easily save it so that you can return to it later, just like using a bookmark in a book.


Broadband

This is usually used to describe a high speed connection to the internet


Browser

Something that allows you to view websites on the internet. Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge are two examples of internet browsers.


C

Cursor

The cursor is an arrow or flashing line on the screen that moves when you move the mouse or type something. Also refereed to as a mouse pointer.


D

Desktop computer

A computer that (unlike a laptop or tablet computer) is not intended to be a portable device, but is intended to be used in a single location, usually on or near a desk. It might have a separate keyboard, monitor and mouse.


Document

If you use a computer to create a letter or , that would be known as a document, just like the offline equivalent.


Download

To get a file onto your computer from a website.



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