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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. Find blinking cursor and click to begin adding text.

4. Open a browser, then open search engine

5. Search the web.

6. Check for battery life.

Computer Terms

Bookmark / Favorite

Click this to save a website on your computer/tablet.


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


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


A popular search engine to find information on the internet/web.

Home Page

The first thing 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.


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

Search Engine

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.


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.