Basic Computer Skills Quiz Questions

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The Basic Computer Skills Quiz Questions offer a fundamental evaluation of your proficiency in essential computer skills. Covering a wide range of topics crucial for computer literacy, this quiz is suitable for individuals at varying levels of computer expertise. Whether you're a beginner aiming to grasp foundational concepts or someone looking to refresh and test their basic computer knowledge, this quiz provides a comprehensive set of questions on topics like computer hardware, software, file management, internet usage, and basic troubleshooting.

Expect questions that gauge your understanding of computer components, basic software applications, file organization, and general computing principles. The quiz Read moreaims to assess your foundational skills, making it an ideal tool for educational purposes, self-assessment, or even as a pre-employment screening for entry-level positions. By participating in this quiz, you can identify areas for improvement in your basic computer skills and gain confidence in using computers for everyday tasks.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    How do you open a program such as Microsoft Word when there are no icons on the desktop?

    • A.

      Double click on the desktop to reveal hidden icons.

    • B.

      Click the start button and select the program from the menu.

    • C.

      Use a keyboard command.

    • D.

      It's not possible to open a program when there are no icons on the desktop.

    • E.

      Restart the computer.

    Correct Answer
    B. Click the start button and select the program from the menu.
    Explanation
    To open a program such as Microsoft Word when there are no icons on the desktop, you can click the start button located in the bottom left corner of the screen and select the program from the menu. The start button provides access to all the programs installed on the computer, allowing you to open them even if there are no desktop icons visible.

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  • 2. 

    How do you save a document to a flash drive when you are working in Microsoft Word?

    • A.

      Click the "X' in the top right corner of the screen.

    • B.

      Use the start button to locate the flash drive. Right-click on the flash drive and select "Save."

    • C.

      Click "File" at the top of the screen and select "Save As." Select the flash drive, type a file name and click "Save".

    • D.

      Restart the computer.

    • E.

      Use the "Alt" and "F4" keys to open a "Save" window.

    Correct Answer
    C. Click "File" at the top of the screen and select "Save As." Select the flash drive, type a file name and click "Save".
    Explanation
    The correct answer is to click "File" at the top of the screen and select "Save As." This option allows the user to save the document to a flash drive by selecting the flash drive, specifying a file name, and clicking "Save". This method is commonly used in Microsoft Word to save files to external storage devices.

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  • 3. 

    What happens when you press "Ctrl+Alt+Delete"?

    • A.

      The computer will self-destruct.

    • B.

      The program you are using will close.

    • C.

      Your active window will close.

    • D.

      The computer will restart.

    • E.

      It brings up a menu that includes options such as opening the Task Manager

    Correct Answer
    E. It brings up a menu that includes options such as opening the Task Manager
    Explanation
    When you press "Ctrl-Alt-Delete" on a Windows computer, it typically brings up a menu that includes options such as opening the Task Manager, locking the computer, switching users, signing out, and accessing the system's power options. It is a key combination used to manage and troubleshoot tasks on the computer.

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  • 4. 

    Which two websites offer free email service?

    • A.

      Hotmail and i-tunes

    • B.

      Apple and eBay

    • C.

      Google and Yahoo

    • D.

      The United States Post Office site and Google

    • E.

      Yahoo and Amazon

    Correct Answer
    C. Google and Yahoo
    Explanation
    Google and Yahoo are both well-known websites that offer free email services. They have their own email platforms, Gmail and Yahoo Mail, respectively, which allow users to create and manage their email accounts for free. These services provide features such as a user-friendly interface, large storage capacity, spam filtering, and easy integration with other Google and Yahoo services. Many people use these websites for their email needs due to their reliability, security, and convenience.

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  • 5. 

    How do you select text to copy or delete in a Word document?

    • A.

      Go to "Edit" at the top of the screen and select "Copy."

    • B.

      Place the cursor at the beginning of the text you wish to highlight, press the left mouse button and drag the mouse across the text.

    • C.

      Use the backspace key until the cursor reaches the text you wish to select. Press "Ctrl" to select the text.

    • D.

      Press the "Page Up" key on the keyboard.

    • E.

      Place the cursor at the beginning of the text you wish to highlight, press the right mouse button and drag the mouse across the text.

    Correct Answer
    B. Place the cursor at the beginning of the text you wish to highlight, press the left mouse button and drag the mouse across the text.
    Explanation
    To select text to copy or delete in a Word document, you need to place the cursor at the beginning of the text you want to highlight, then press and hold the left mouse button while dragging the mouse across the text. This action will highlight the selected text, allowing you to perform actions like copying or deleting it.

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  • 6. 

    Select the email address from the choices below.

    Correct Answer
    B. [email protected]
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "[email protected]" because it follows the standard format of an email address, with the username "bobsmith461" followed by the "@" symbol and the domain "yahoo.com". The other options either contain additional characters or are not in the correct format for an email address.

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  • 7. 

    How do you close a window on your desktop?

    • A.

      Use the mouse to press the button with two overlapping boxes in it at the top right corner of the screen.

    • B.

      Go to "File" and select "Save As."

    • C.

      Use the mouse to press the button with the "X" in it at the top right corner of the screen

    • D.

      Go to "Edit" and select "Close."

    • E.

      Press the "Ctrl" key on the keyboard.

    Correct Answer
    C. Use the mouse to press the button with the "X" in it at the top right corner of the screen
    Explanation
    To close a window on your desktop, you can use the mouse to press the button with the "X" in it at the top right corner of the screen. This is a common method in most operating systems, where the "X" button represents the close function. By clicking on this button, the window will be closed and removed from the screen.

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  • 8. 

    Which two websites are search engines?

    • A.

      Google and Ask

    • B.

      Google and Hotmail

    • C.

      Ask Jeeves and NCLive

    • D.

      NCLive and Google

    • E.

      The Library Catalog and Google

    Correct Answer
    A. Google and Ask
    Explanation
    Google and Ask are both search engines. Google is the most popular search engine in the world, known for its comprehensive and efficient search results. Ask, formerly known as Ask Jeeves, is another search engine that allows users to ask questions in natural language format. Both websites provide users with the ability to search for information on the internet by entering keywords or questions.

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  • 9. 

    How do you make text in a Word document bold?

    • A.

      Click the "B" on the toolbar at the top of the screen.

    • B.

      Press "CTRL" and "B" on the keyboard.

    • C.

      Highlight the text using the mouse and click the "B" on the toolbar at the top of the screen.

    • D.

      Go to "Edit" and select "bold text."

    • E.

      Go to "File" and select "bold text."

    Correct Answer
    C. Highlight the text using the mouse and click the "B" on the toolbar at the top of the screen.
    Explanation
    To make text in a Word document bold, you need to highlight the text using the mouse and then click the "B" on the toolbar at the top of the screen. This action will apply the bold formatting to the selected text.

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  • 10. 

    How do you properly shut down a computer?

    • A.

      Press the power switch on the front of the CPU to turn off the machine.

    • B.

      Press the power button on the front of the monitor.

    • C.

      Go to the "Start" button and select "Shut Down."

    • D.

      Go to the "Start" button and select "Log Off."

    • E.

      Press the "Shut Down" key on the keyboard.

    Correct Answer
    C. Go to the "Start" button and select "Shut Down."
    Explanation
    To properly shut down a computer, you need to go to the "Start" button and select "Shut Down." This is the correct method as it allows the computer to close all running programs and processes safely before powering off. Pressing the power switch on the CPU or monitor, selecting "Log Off," or pressing the "Shut Down" key on the keyboard may result in data loss or damage to the system as it does not give the computer a chance to properly shut down all processes.

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  • 11. 

    How do you rename a file saved on your computer?

    • A.

      Right-click on the file name and choose "Rename File." Type the new file name.

    • B.

      Left-click on the file name and choose "Rename File." Type the new file name.

    • C.

      Open the file. Click "Edit" at the top left of the screen and select "Rename."

    • D.

      Open the file. Click "File" at the top left of the screen and select "Save."

    • E.

      Open the file. Click "File" at the top left of the screen and select "Rename."

    Correct Answer
    A. Right-click on the file name and choose "Rename File." Type the new file name.
    Explanation
    To rename a file saved on your computer, you can right-click on the file name and select "Rename File." Then, simply type the new desired file name. This action allows you to change the name of the file without altering its content or location.

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  • 12. 

    Select the two websites that provide printable driving directions free of charge.

    • A.

      Maps.com and directions.com

    • B.

      Mapquest.com and google.com

    • C.

      Ask.com and travelocity.com

    • D.

      Directions.com and mapquest.com

    • E.

      Travelocity.com and google.com

    Correct Answer
    B. Mapquest.com and google.com
    Explanation
    Mapquest.com and google.com are the correct answers because both websites provide printable driving directions free of charge.

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  • 13. 

    How would you print one paragraph of text from a web page without printing the whole page?

    • A.

      Go to file and click "Print Preview."

    • B.

      Go to file and click "Print." Check the box labeled "Print Selection," then click "Print."

    • C.

      Press the "print" button on the toolbar at the top of the screen.

    • D.

      Highlight the text you want to print. Press the "Print" button on the toolbar at the top of the screen.

    • E.

      Highlight the text you want to print. Go to file and click "Print." Check the box labeled "Print Selection," then click "Print."

    Correct Answer
    E. Highlight the text you want to print. Go to file and click "Print." Check the box labeled "Print Selection," then click "Print."
    Explanation
    To print only one paragraph of text from a web page, you need to first highlight the specific paragraph you want to print. Then, go to the file menu and select "Print." In the print options, check the box labeled "Print Selection" to ensure that only the highlighted text will be printed. Finally, click on the "Print" button to print the selected paragraph.

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Godwin Iheuwa |MS, Computer Science |
Computer Expert
Godwin is a proficient Database Administrator currently employed at MTN Nigeria. He holds as MS in Computer Science from the University of Bedfordshire, where he specialized in Agile Methodologies and Database Administration. He also earned a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from the University of Port Harcourt. With expertise in SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) and SQL Server Management Studio, Godwin's knowledge and experience enhance the authority of our quizzes, ensuring accuracy and relevance in the realm of computer science.

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