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Ascending sort

sort that arranges records from A to Z or smallest to largest


a collection of stored information, any or all of which is available for retrieval by electronic means; a collection of files containing specific information available to individual departments

Database management system

any system for managing data

Database structure

the arrangement of data to tables and fields

Data type

specification that tells the database what kind of information can be stored in a field


sort that arranges records from Z to A or largest to smallest


category of data that make up records

Field name

name that identifies a field


a format that displays one record at a time; used to enter or update data

Primary key

in a database, a field that uniquely identifies each record in a table


a structured way to tell a database to retrieve data from one or more database tables that meet certain criteria


in a database, a record lists information about one person or one thing


in a database, objects that use data from tables and/or queries to create a presentation-quality printout


a form created with columns and rows

Central Processing Unit (CPU)

the principal computer hardware device that controls the speed and processing of a computer

Input device

transports data into the computer

Logging on

an operation performed to access a computer or network


hardware that stores computer processing instructions and information

Operating system

the software that runs on a computer that is responsible for file management, disks, printers, peripherals, and the general operation of the computer system

Output device

a device that allows the user to see or hear the information the computer compiles


the process of storing data on a disk

Save as

allows the user to change the attributes of a file, such as location, file name, or file type

Storage device

hardware that allows you to store information, such as a hard drive or floppy disk

System software

software that controls the way computer parts work together

Destination file

the file that is the current file being edited and where the object will be placed

Embedded file

a file that becomes part of the current file but is a separate object that can be edited using the application that created it


the sharing or combining of data between applications


placing a copy of an object or data in a destination file that will update when changes are made to the source file

Source file

a file containing the information that will vary in each document


adding sound or special effects to the way text and objects move on and off a slide during a slide show

Design template

prepared designs that can be applied to presentation slides that include patterns, formatting, and color schemes


print option that allows you to choose 2, 4, 6, or 9 slides per page and places a thumbnail, or small picture, of each slide on the page


a shortcut that allows you to jump to another location in another workbook, a file on your hard drive or network, or an Internet address

Normal view

the default view in a presentation, which contains the slide pane, the outline pane, the task pane, and the notes pane

Organizational chart

illustrates a company's hierarchy

Outline view

a view in some word processors and presentation/graphic programs that displays text in an outline format

Pack and go

a feature that compacts and compresses all presentation elements into a single compressed file that fits on a floppy disk


in presentation, blank boxes that define the placement of text and other objects on a slide


an application that allows the user to create and save slides to use as slide shows

Slide master

the template that provides the basic organization, formatting, and color schemes for the slides in a particular presentation

Slide show view

runs your slides as they would appear during a presentation

Slide/sorter view

a presentation/graphic program option that displays all slides simultaneously in miniature form


the amount of time a slide remains in view before a slide show advances to the next slide; also used for animation effects to control when they occur


a feature that can be applied in presentations to control the way slides move on and off the screen

Data type

specification that tells the database what kind of information can be stored in a field

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