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Glossary of Window Terms

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Driver software
Driver software is software that works as a translator between another program and some piece of hardware. In the software industry, there are generally standard ways to do things. There are many different types of hardware, however, and each piece of hardware may have its own protocol (or "language"). The driver software receives standard signals from another program, then translates these into commands for a particular piece of hardware. This way a program can be written in a standard way, and it will work with many different devices.

DVD is a new technology very similar to compact discs. A DVD looks just like an ordinary compact disc, however a DVD can hold up to 25 times as much as a CD!! That's 18 gigabytes!! This gives enough room to hold an entire movie at twice the quality of VHS with theater quality sound (better than CD-quality). Since it is on a disc, you can jump to any scene instantly, and you never need to rewind. A DVD-ROM is a DVD disc for a computer. This means a multimedia encyclopedia can have even more multimedia with much better quality (on DVD-ROM). You must have a DVD-ROM drive to use DVD-ROM discs. If you have a DVD-ROM drive, then you can also play DVD movies on your computer. Many systems with DVD-ROM can output the video and sound to your TV and home audio system, so you may not have to buy a separate DVD player. See also: CD-ROM

An icon is a picture used to represent an object. Some example objects are: data files, program files, folders, email messages, and drives. Each type of object has a different icon. That means that different types of files each have an icon representing its file type. MS Word files will have the MS Word icon; MS Excel files will have the MS Excel icon; Etc.

Inactive window
A window that is open but is not active.

Insertion point
A vertical flashing line that shows the user where text will be inserted.

The visible layer which allows a user to communicate with a computer.

A series of keystrokes and mouse clicks that can be abbreviated into a single keystroke or mouse click.

Map network drive
Associating a network drive. Doing this will have the drive appear in My Computer.

Maximize button
To make a window appear at its largest possible size. he maximize button is a square in the top right corner of the window.

Minimize button
To make a window disappear from the screen and move down to the taskbar.

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Glossary of Window Terms