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A style of text that makes a letter or word darker and thicker to stand out in a document.

clip art

Drawings you can add to your documents or presentations. Clip art includes items such as cartoons, maps, symbols, and flags. Some software packages include clip art. Clip art can be purchased separately.


A key used to erase characters.


To make changes in a document or presentation.


The shape and style of text.


To set the margins, tabs, font or line spacing in layout of a document.

home row

Keys on the keyboard with fingers of the left hand are on A-S-D-F and fingers on the right hand on J-K-L-;

line spacing

the vertical spacing between the lines of text or data.

highlight or select

To choose part of a document by clicking and dragging over it with the mouse to highlight the text.


A feature in most word processors used to replace a word in a document with one that is more suitable and adds variety to your writing.

word wrap

This occurs when you get to the end of a line and continue typing the text will then go to the next line.

animated clip art

A moving clip art graphic.

Desktop publishing

Using features of word processing/DTP software to format and produce documents, letters, reports, flyers, and newsletters with graphics.


(Pronounced "jiff.") A file format for pictures, photographs, and drawings that are compressed so that they can be sent across telephone lines quickly. Format widely used on electronic bulletin boards and the Internet and are limited to 256 colors, so they cannot be used for high-end desktop publishing.


Images/pictures created, edited, and/or published using a computer.


Clip art, graphics or drawings on a computer.


To set the first line of a paragraph in from the margin in a word processing document.


A standard for shrinking graphics so they can be sent faster between modems and take up less space on your hard drive. These graphics can be reduced to 5 percent of their original size, but the image quality deteriorates. However, compressing graphics to 30 or 40 percent of their original size results in minimal loss of quality.

Page Set Up

The term in reference to the way a document is formatted to print.

word processing

Using keyboarding skills to produce documents such as letters, reports, manuals, and newsletters.

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