Joseph's Jargon (4) from the April 2000 Actrix Newsletter

by Joseph Bartlett

This month, in recognition of the many brave souls venturing out onto the Internet for the first time, some really basic definitions:

Application An application is a special kind of file that performs tasks. Many applications can be used to make other files called documents. For example, Microsoft Word is a word-processing application that you could use to write a letter. The letter you write is a document.

Close When you have finished working with a file you need to close the file. You can do this by clicking on the close button on the top-right of the file’s window. This is a small button with an "X" on it.
NOTE: If you open more and more files without closing any, the computer will start to slow down. This will make it more difficult for you to do your work.

Disk The computer stores all its files, including all your work, on magnetic disks. Files can be stored on floppy disks, or they can be stored on a hard disk that is inside the computer system. It is a very good idea to keep one copy of your important documents on a floppy disk, and another copy on a hard disk that is inside the computer system. That way if you lose your floppy, you will still have a copy of your work on the system.

Double-Click When you are told to double-click on an object, it means this: Use your mouse to position the pointer over the object, then press and release the left button on the mouse twice in quick succession.
NOTE: The time between the first and second clicks must be very short. If you find that you can’t double-click fast enough, ask someone to show you how to change the speed of your mouse.

Drag When you are told to drag an object, it means this: Use your mouse to position the pointer over the object, then PRESS AND HOLD DOWN the left button on the mouse, and use the mouse to move the pointer to the desired part of the screen, then release the button. The object will move with the pointer – That is, it will be dragged across the screen.

Drive A drive reads and writes the information that is stored on a disk. The drive that reads and writes information on a floppy disk is called the A-Drive or the Floppy Drive.
The drives that read and write information on hard disks are called hard drives.

Folder A folder is a special type of file that is used to store and organise other files. Folders can contain documents, applications, and other folders. A folder’s icon looks like a little manila folder. Folders are also known as directories.

Right-Click When you are told to right-click on an object, it means this: Use your mouse to position the pointer over the object, then press and release the right button on the mouse once.