Window: the box containing the contents of a program or website.
Minimize, Maximize: refers to the buttons in the upper right hand corner of the window used to make it bigger or smaller, or to make it temporarily disappear to the bottom of your screen.
Folder/File: This is the digital location on your computer where data is stored, usually files will be held in folders that can be accessed by clicking the icon in the shape of a folder.
Start Menu: A button on a computer using windows that appears on the lower left side of the screen. This menu will allow you to access almost anything on your computer through a system of drop down menus.
Operating System: The program responsible for everything you see on your screen. This program must be installed to use the computer, and is responsible for the way the entire computer is set up. There are many different operating systems.
My Computer: In later operating systems this is simple called “computer” it is usually an icon on the desktop that looks like a computer and allows you to assess the different drives on your computer.
Icon: clickable pictures on the desktop that contain programs or files.
Desktop: The screen you see when the computer has loaded at start up.
Drives: these are physical parts of your computer that store data.
Hardware: The physical parts of your computer, like the monitor and mouse.
Software: Programs installed on your computer usually using a CD.
Memory: A stick inside your computer that allows you to save items. The larger a number on your memory the more space you have to store data and files.
Hard Drive: This is where something is stored when you download it onto the computer. It is an actual physical part of the computer and can come in many sizes.
Mother Board: The part of the computer that all the other hardware is hooked up to.
URL: This is the box in the top of an internet browser that allows you to type an address (such as www. Associatedcontent.com) of a website to navigate you there.
Browser: refers to the window opened when using the internet, such as Internet Explorer or Fox Fire.
E-mail: an online mail system that allows you to send text documents instantly online to another person.
Anti-Virus: A program that blocks harmful programs from being installed unknowingly and destroying your computer.
Firewall: Options that can be set on your computer to tell a website what it can and cannot do with your computer.
Pop-Up: a window that opens on your computer without your consent, usually an ad for a product.
Link: Text that, when clicked on, sends you to another webpage.
Double-Click: Clicking the left button on your mouse twice in a row, quickly. This is a commonly used action to open a file.
Right Click: Clicking the right button on your mouse. This action is used to bring up additional options in a drop down menu.
Forum: A website that uses a series of links and forums to allow users to chat with each other. The conversations are saved for everyone to view and comment on. These are generally used to discuss a certain topic such as a video game or a piece of news.
MMORPG: Mass Media Online Role Playing Game. This term refers to games played live over the internet with many other people, such as World of Warcraft, Wizard 101, or League of Legends.
Spam: Can be used to either refer to unwanted e-mails advertising something or a person in chat you types the same thing over and over.
Noob: Someone who is new to the game or website and generally annoying to more experienced users. This is a derogatory term.
Newb: A Noob who is not annoying.
Nub: someone who is as annoying as a noob but has enough experience that they shouldn’t be. Also a derogatory term.
Leet: a slang abbreviation for the word Elite. This is a compliment that means a person is the best of the best at what they do.
Owned or Pwned: the act on being absolutely and totally beat at something without question. They slang version pwned was spawned because of the proximity of the letters o and p on the keyboard. It was frequently miss typed until it became a popular spelling of the word.
Woot: Stands for “We Own Other Team”. Now frequently used as an expression of joy.
Nom Nom: a verbal expression for the sound made when eating good food loudly.
Hax!: An accusation that someone must have hacked the game to do what they did.
Plox: An abbreviation meaning “Please, ok, thanks”. Frequently viewed as rude.
QQ: A verbal representation of crying.