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The manipulation of data by a microprocessor or embedded processor according to instructions given to it by a program or embedded in the chip itself.
The physical parts of the computer system that you can touch and feel such as the keyboard, monitor, and computer case.
Stored permanent systems instructions, which are never changed; it holds its contents even when the power is turned off.
The physical material (whether it be paper, hard disk, CD-ROM, DVD, or anything similar) used for storing computer-based information.
Primary tool for inputting data; include alphabetic keys, numeric keys, direction keys, and special function keys.
A program that allows your computer to use different devices like a printer or a wireless mouse.
Portable storage device that usually appears as a long stick with a USB connector; also known as a memory key, flash card, or thumb drive.
A software that manages computer hardware resources and provides common services for computer programs.
Portable Document Format; a print output commonly used to share documents with others, generally to view, save, or print.
Quick Launch Toolbar
A toolbar at the immediate right of the Start Button that displays a list of commonly used programs.
The area at the bottom of the screen that runs horizontally and contains the Start menu and other frequently used programs, folders or files.
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