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A set of instructions that a computer uses to accomplish a task, such as a word processing, accounting, or data management; also referred to as an aplication


A computer program that manages all the other programs on your computer, stores files in an organized manner, and coordinates the use of the computer hardware such as the keyboard and mouse

Operating system

An operating system developed by Microsoft Corporation

Windows 7

A collection of information that is stored on a computer under a single name, for example a text document, a picture, or a program


A container in which you store files


A folder within a folder


The area that serves as a surface for your work, like the top of an actual desk, and which is the main screen area that you see after you turn on your computer


The button that displays the Start menu

Start button

The screen area that contains the Start button, optional program buttons, and buttons for all open programs; by default it is located at the bottom of the desktop, but you can move it


A window from which you can customize the look and functionality of your computer, add or remove programs, set up networks, and manage user accounts

Control panel

A portable device on which you can store files, such as a USB flash drive, a memory card, or an external hard drive

Removal storage device

An area of storage that is formatted with a file system compatible with your operating system and is identified by a drive letter


Displays the contents of the current folder, library, or device, and contains helpful parts so that you can navigate

Folder window

A collection of items, such as files and folders, assembled from various locations


The area on the left side of a folder window, which displays favorites, libraries, and an expandable list of drives and folders

Navigation pane

A row of buttons across the top of a window that contains commands for tasks is a


The area that displays your current location in the folder structure as a series of links separated by arrows is the

Address bar

A program included with Windows 7 with which you can capture an image of all or part of a computer screen, and then annotate, save, copy, or share the image via e-mail is

Snipping tool

The box in a scroll bar that you drag to reposition a document on the screen is the

Scroll box

The system by which you interact with your computer and which uses graphics such as an image of a file folder or wastebasket that you click to activate the item represented is a graphical

User interface

Turning off your computer in a manner that closes all open programs and files, closes your network connection, stops the hard disk, and discontinues the use of electrical power is called

Shut down

The user account type that lets you make changes that will affect other users of the computer and permits the most control over the computer is the

Administrator account

A folder for each user account labeled with the account holder's name, and which displays at the top of the Start menu and contains subfolders such as Documents, is the

Personal folder

The program within Windows 7 that displays the contents of libraries, folders, and files on your computer,and which also enables you to preform tasks related to your files and folders such as copying, moving, and renaming is

Windows explorer

The area that displays the contents of the current folder or library is the

File list

When this button on the title bar is clicked, the open window is placed on the task bar for later use


When this button on the title bar is clicked, the window no longer is full screen but remains visible on the desktop

Restore down

When this button on the title bar is clicked, the window is no longer visible and must be reopened to use


This button does not appear on the title bar


When a window is minimized, this button restores the window to full screen view


This toolbar contains the Start Button, Program buttons and Notification Area

Task bar

This toolbar when maximized to full screen contains a title and minimize, restore down and close buttons

Title bar

This toolbar houses a list of commands that are grouped together by categories and is located toward the top of a program window

Menu bar

This toolbar when shown is located toward the bottom of a program window and provides information on the current status of the program window being viewed

Status bar

This set of toolbars allows you to navigate your program screen left and right or up and down

Scroll bar

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