10 PC Terms You Should Know


A PC is your favourite toy, your library and one-click entertainer all rolled into one. Having a PC at home and school gives you the chance to study your way. For what it’s worth, you’re doing a lot more than just reading up information - you can actually visualise what you’re learning with videos, diagrams and so on.

But what about what’s inside your PC?

Here are 10 PC terms you should know:

A virus is a piece of code which is capable of copying itself with a negative effect, such as corrupting the system or destroying your data.
A backup, or the process of backing up, refers to the copying and archiving of your computer data so it may be used to restore the original after a data loss event.

Data is referred to as the transmittable and storable information on a computer or smartphone such as your assignments, images and videos.

A desktop computer is a personal computer made for regular use at a single location on or near a desk or table due to its size and power requirements.

A cursor is a movable mark on a computer screen identifying the point that will be moved by input from the user.

A homepage is usually the introductory page of a website, typically serving as a table of contents for the site or is the set default webpage of the internet browser.

A password is a string of characters that allows a person to login to a computer, email or any other protected system.

Software, in its most general sense, is a set of instructions or programs instructing a PC to do specific tasks such as writing an essay on Microsoft Word.

A screensaver is an animation or image which replaces an unchanging computer display after a period of inactivity.

A shortcut is a record of the address of a file, website, or other data made to enable quick access or a keyboard command such as Ctrl + C to copy data.

As someone who uses the PC almost daily in school and at home, you will surely come across a lot more PC terms along with much-needed homework help. Happy Studying! 

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  • Aarambh is a pan-India PC for Education initiative engineered to enhance learning using the power of technology; it is designed to help parents, teachers and children find firm footing in Digital India. This initiative seeks to connect parents, teachers and students and provide them the necessary training so that they can better utilise the PC for learning, both at school and at home.