Computer Graphics Vocabulary

1.  Bit:  The smallest unit of information that a computer can hold. 
2.  Bitmap:  A set of bits that represents a graphic image.  This is one format for pictures drawn on the computer. 
3.  Button:  Raise objects in a window that can be “pressed” to perform spcified operations by clicking on the button.
4.  CPU:  Central Processing Unit.  The hard drive.
5.  Click:  To push down a mouse button to make a selection.
6.  Copy:   To take the selected item and copy it to the clipboard for you to paste somewhere else without removing the material from the original document. 
7.  Cursor:  the on screen pointer.  A vertical line that appears to the right of the text characters that are typed.
8.  Delete:   To erase.
9.  Digital Camera:  This is a type of camera that does not use film.  Instead, you can use a disk or connect it to the computer and directly upload the images to the computer.
10.  Double-Click:   This is when you click a mouse button two times fast.
11.  Drag/Dragging:   To select something with the mouse, and while holding the mouse button down, move the mouse to a different location and let go.
12.  Edit Menu:  Hold the commands such as Cut, Copy, Paste and select all.
13.  Floppy Disk:   A square disk, usually like a 3½" or 5¼" Disk that stores data.
14.  File:  The data stored on disks.  All files have a file name.
15.  Folder:  a container that holds and separates files and helps sort and organize  data.
16.  Font: the style or design of writing that you type with.
17.  Graphics:  electronic art and pictures.  A graphic can be a drawing created on the computer, am image scanned in for digital manipulation, or various shapes, lines and boxes created with the computer. 
18. Hard Drive: A permanent, non-removable disk that stores data inside the computer.
19.  Icon:  A little picture that allows you to easily remember which program you want to open or what file does what.
20.  Keyboard: the object that looks like a typewriter, containing numbers, letters and symbols that is used to type instructions to the computer.
21.  Memory:  the component of a computer system that can store information for later retrieval.
22.  Menu Bar:  the area at the top of a window that contains a series of pull down menus such as File and Edit.
23.  Monitor:  This is the display device of the computer.
24.  Mouse:  The thing you move around with your hand to move the cursor around the screen.  It has buttons for you to select things on the screen.  It's a form of input.
25.  Paste:  To take the contents of the clipboard (whatever was last copied) and put them in the document you are working in.
26.  Program:  a set of instructions describing actions for a computer to perform to accomplish a task.  Computer programs are referred to as software.
27.  Resolution:  the size and amount of detail of a screen image.
28.  Save As:  To store data to disk with a new or different property or name than before (assuming you saved before). This is usually an option under the File menu of programs
29.  Scroll Bar: This is a bar that you can move up and down to view different parts of a window.
30.  Scroll:   To move a display up and down.  You use the scroll bar to scroll up and down the page.
31.  Select: This is the action of selecting an icon or program or something on the screen.
32.  Selection:  This is what you have selected on the screen.
33.  Shift key:  Key to use to make a letter capitalized.
34.  Shutdown:    If you click START>SHUTDOWN and press OK, your computer will shut off the correct way it is supposed to be turned off.  If you get a message telling you that it is safe to turn off the computer, go ahead and do it.
35.  Software:  the programs that run on the computer.