The Basics Of Computer! A Brief Test!

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The Basics Of Computer! A Brief Test! - Quiz

Computers are used all around us, be it through at our workplace or when it comes to communication. It is, therefore, essential for people to learn how to use one. Have you just finished your basic computer class and think you are well capable of operating one? Take up the quiz below and get to learn something more about necessary computer skills. All the best!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

     What are the two steps in starting a computer?

    • A.

      Pressing CTRL+ALT+DEL

    • B.

      Using the mouse to select "Start"

    • C.

      Pressing the power buttons on both the computer and the monitor

    • D.

      Double-clicking the Internet Explorer icon

    Correct Answer
    C. Pressing the power buttons on both the computer and the monitor
    Explanation
    Pressing the power buttons on both the computer and the monitor is the correct answer because it is the first step in starting a computer. After the computer and monitor are powered on, the user can then proceed to perform other actions such as pressing CTRL+ALT+DEL or using the mouse to select "Start". Double-clicking the Internet Explorer icon is not a step in starting a computer, but rather a step in opening a specific program once the computer is already on.

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  • 2. 

     What does this button do?

    • A.

      Minimizes the window.

    • B.

      Opens a new window.

    • C.

      Checks your e-mail.

    • D.

      Closes the window.

    Correct Answer
    D. Closes the window.
    Explanation
    This button is used to close the window. It is likely a small "X" button located in the top right corner of the window. When clicked, it will close the window and remove it from the screen.

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  • 3. 

    What are some common uses for a computer?

    • A.

      Using the Internet to search

    • B.

      Writing letters in Microsoft Word

    • C.

      Keeping track of finances in Microsoft Excel

    • D.

      E-mail

    • E.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    E. All of the above
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "All of the above" because all of the given options are common uses for a computer. Using the internet to search, writing letters in Microsoft Word, keeping track of finances in Microsoft Excel, and sending emails are all tasks that are frequently performed on a computer. Therefore, selecting "All of the above" encompasses all the mentioned uses.

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  • 4. 

    What are these pictures called?

    • A.

      Cursors

    • B.

      Icons

    • C.

      Windows

    • D.

      Favorites

    Correct Answer
    B. Icons
    Explanation
    Icons are small graphical representations that are used to represent files, applications, or functions on a computer screen. They are typically displayed on the desktop or within a graphical user interface. Icons are easily recognizable and help users navigate and interact with their devices or software. In this context, the pictures being referred to are most likely icons.

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  • 5. 

    Which mouse button do you use more often?

    • A.

      Left

    • B.

      Right

    • C.

      Neither

    Correct Answer
    A. Left
    Explanation
    The left mouse button is used more often because it is the primary button for most actions on a computer. It is used to select items, open files and folders, click on links, and perform various other tasks. The right mouse button is generally used for context menus and secondary options. However, the frequency of using the left or right mouse button may vary depending on personal preferences and specific tasks.

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  • 6. 

    Which of these are examples of search engines?

    • A.

      Word and Excel

    • B.

      Internet Explorer and Firefox

    • C.

      Yahoo! and Google

    • D.

      Word and PowerPoint

    Correct Answer
    C. Yahoo! and Google
    Explanation
    Yahoo! and Google are examples of search engines because they are websites that allow users to search for information on the internet. They have a vast index of web pages and use algorithms to provide relevant search results based on the user's query. Users can enter keywords or phrases into the search bar and the search engine will display a list of web pages that match the search criteria. Word and Excel, Internet Explorer and Firefox, and Word and PowerPoint are not search engines but rather software applications and web browsers.

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  • 7. 

    What is this called?

    • A.

      Address bar

    • B.

      Search box

    • C.

      Internet Explorer

    • D.

      Favorites

    Correct Answer
    A. Address bar
    Explanation
    The given correct answer is "Address bar". The address bar is a feature in web browsers that displays the URL of the current webpage. It allows users to enter a website address or search query to navigate to a specific webpage or conduct a search. The address bar is typically located at the top of the browser window and is an essential tool for browsing the internet.

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  • 8. 

    What application allows you to gain access to the world wide web?

    • A.

      Internet Explorer

    • B.

      Microsoft Word

    • C.

      Paint

    • D.

      My Computer

    Correct Answer
    A. Internet Explorer
    Explanation
    Internet Explorer is a web browser developed by Microsoft that allows users to access the World Wide Web. It provides a graphical interface for users to navigate and view web pages, search for information, and interact with various online services and websites. Internet Explorer is one of the most widely used web browsers and has been a popular choice for accessing the internet for many years.

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  • 9. 

    To copy text, you:

    • A.

      Highlight the text, right-click, and select 'copy'

    • B.

      Highlight the text, go to file, and select 'copy'

    • C.

      Highlight the text and press CTRL+C

    • D.

      All of the above are correct

    Correct Answer
    D. All of the above are correct
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "all of the above are correct". This means that all three options mentioned - highlighting the text and right-clicking to select 'copy', going to file and selecting 'copy', and highlighting the text and pressing CTRL+C - are valid methods to copy text.

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  • 10. 

    How do you properly turn off a computer?

    • A.

      Press the power button on both the computer and the monitor.

    • B.

      Close all of the windows and it will shut down automatically.

    • C.

      Press CTRL+ALT+DEL and select "login".

    • D.

      From the Start menu, select shut down and press the power button on the monitor.

    Correct Answer
    D. From the Start menu, select shut down and press the power button on the monitor.
    Explanation
    To properly turn off a computer, you should select the "shutdown" option from the Start menu and then press the power button on the monitor. This ensures that the computer goes through the proper shutdown process and that all programs and files are closed safely. Pressing the power button on both the computer and the monitor simultaneously may result in an abrupt shutdown and could potentially cause data loss or other issues. Closing all windows does not necessarily shut down the computer, and pressing CTRL+ALT+DEL and selecting "login" is not the correct method to turn off the computer.

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Samy Boulos |MSc (Computer Science) |
Computer Science
With over 25 years of expertise, Samy is a seasoned Senior Technology Consultant. His extensive background spans diverse areas such as software development, data migration, Apple and Office 365 integration, computer helpdesk support, data engineering, and cloud computing. A dedicated professional, Samy combines technical proficiency with a strategic mindset, ensuring optimal solutions for complex technological challenges. His vast experience positions him as a reliable and knowledgeable consultant in navigating the ever-evolving landscape of IT and technology.

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