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the position indicator on a computer display screen where a user can enter text; also known as an insertion point

Default settings

settings used unless another option is chosen

Function keys

a set of 12 "F" keys on the keyboard used as an alternative to the menu system in choosing and executing features


the physical components, or parts, of the computer

Horizontal point

provides features for setting tabs, margins, and indentions

Insertion point

the place in a document where something will be added; represented by a blinking vertical bar, also known as a cursor

Menu bar

at the top of the screen, a listing of the names of menus, each of which contains a set of commands

Network computer

a configuration of computers cabled together with one workstation designed as the file server


an input device, output device, or secondary storage device that is not part of the central processing unit (CPU)

Scroll bar

appears at the bottom and/or right side of a window to allow a user to view another part of the window


a list of step-by-step instructions telling the computer what to do

Stand-alone computer

a single, self-contained somputer not attached to a network system

Title bar

at the top of a window, contains the name of the open program, document, or folder

Tool bar

at the top or bottom of the screen, displays buttons you can click to quickly choose a command

Word processing

the use of a computer and software to produce written documents, such as letters, memos, forms, and reports

Working screen

the work area that has pull-down menus

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