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Computer - Basic Uses

1. Parts of the computer

  • keyboard
  • mouse
  • screen  
  • touchpad
  • on/off switch
  • USB port
  • power cord

2. Mouse

  • Left click
  • Right click
  • Scrolling

3. Blinking cursor, click to begin adding text

4. Open a browser / then open search engine

5. Searching the web

6. Check for battery life

      

Computer Terms

Bookmark / Favorite

Click this to save a website on your computer/tablet

Browser

Examples are Firefox, Safari, Chrome, Internet Explorer.  Browsers are needed to look around on the web / internet

Database

A tool that stores articles, images or numbers and can be searched

Google

A popular tool to find information on the internet/web

Home Page

      The first think you see when you open a browser or the initial page for a website

Link (or hyperlink)

 A highlighted or underlined word or image on a web page that, when clicked, will take you to another web page. A link most often appears as underlined words or an image. One sure way to tell if something is a link or not: your cursor turns into a pointing hand

PDF

Any type of computer (PC, Mac, Tablet) can open this file

Search Engines

 Once you open a browser, you use a search engine to find information on the web.  Key words are entered, the search engine uses those words to search their list of websites, and then shares that list of results.  The main search engines used are Google, Bing, and Yahoo.

Tabs

More than one website can be "open" in the browser.  Use tabs to move between pages

URL (Web address)

The "address" for a website. Enter this address and your browser goes to that specific website

AND

Boolean AND

            AND - not as many results - reduces or narrows

OR

Boolean OR

                 OR - more results - expands or broadens

NOT

Boolean NOT

              NOT - less results - removes unwanted results

Using AND, OR, Not