Computer Skills Quiz: Test For Students!

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How good are your common computer skills? Do you know what a control panel is? Where does a file move when you delete it from the hard disk? Knowing how to operate a computer is essential because most jobs require at least some computer knowledge. Some computer skills examples include analytics, social media, graphic design, Microsoft Office, spreadsheets, email communication, word processing, multimedia, and marketing automation. Computer skills demonstrate how you can work on the computer, and this great quiz will tell where you are in terms of your computer skills.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    "Desktop" is a computer term that refers to:

    • A.

      The initial screen that showing icons for folders, files, and applications.

    • B.

      The part of your work area where the computer monitor sits.

    • C.

      Something that can and should be ignored by most users.

    • D.

      The list of all of the contents on a particular computer.

    Correct Answer
    A. The initial screen that showing icons for folders, files, and applications.
    Explanation
    The term "Desktop" in the context of computers refers to the initial screen that appears when you start up your computer. It is the main interface where you can see icons representing folders, files, and applications. This is where you can access and organize your digital content and launch different programs.

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  • 2. 

    The "Control Panel" is:

    • A.

      A disk on which data can be stored.

    • B.

      Another term for a display screen.

    • C.

      A computer network that spans a relatively small area.

    • D.

      A system tool that allows a user to set certain settings.

    Correct Answer
    D. A system tool that allows a user to set certain settings.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "A system tool that allows a user to set certain settings." The control panel is a feature in the operating system of a computer that provides access to various settings and configurations. It allows users to customize and adjust different aspects of their computer, such as display settings, network connections, sound settings, user accounts, and more. It is a centralized location where users can easily manage and control different functions of their computer system.

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  • 3. 

    Select one of the following to determine the proper procedure for shutting down your computer.

    • A.

      It's best to never turn off your computer.

    • B.

      Whenever you are ready to quit, simply push the lighted button on your processor.

    • C.

      Just unplug your computer

    • D.

      Go to the Start menu and click "Shut Down"

    Correct Answer
    D. Go to the Start menu and click "Shut Down"
    Explanation
    The correct answer is to go to the Start menu and click "Shut Down". This is the proper procedure for shutting down a computer as it allows the operating system to close all running programs and processes safely before powering off the computer. Simply pushing the lighted button on the processor or unplugging the computer can result in data loss or damage to the system. It is not advisable to never turn off the computer as it can lead to performance issues and potential security vulnerabilities.

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  • 4. 

    The Maximize button is used to:

    • A.

      Scroll slowly through a window.

    • B.

      Expand a window to fill the entire screen.

    • C.

      Return a window to its original size.

    • D.

      Reduce a window to a button on the taskbar.

    Correct Answer
    B. Expand a window to fill the entire screen.
    Explanation
    The Maximize button is used to expand a window to fill the entire screen. This allows users to utilize the maximum available screen space for the content within the window. By clicking the Maximize button, the window will resize and adjust to fit the screen, providing a larger viewing area and potentially improving productivity by allowing users to see more content at once.

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  • 5. 

    When you are instructed to "point and click," it means you:

    • A.

      Use the mouse to move the pointer around the screen

    • B.

      Double-click the mouse

    • C.

      Use the mouse to move the pointer around the screen and then click the mouse button once or twice to select the object.

    • D.

      Use the mouse to move the pointer around the screen and press the mouse button as you move the mouse.

    Correct Answer
    C. Use the mouse to move the pointer around the screen and then click the mouse button once or twice to select the object.
    Explanation
    When you are instructed to "point and click," it means that you are required to use the mouse to move the pointer around the screen and then click the mouse button once or twice to select the object. This action allows you to navigate through the screen by moving the pointer and interact with objects or options by clicking on them. Double-clicking the mouse or pressing the mouse button as you move the mouse are not the correct actions for "point and click" instructions.

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  • 6. 

    The Minimize button is used to:

    • A.

      Scroll slowly through a window.

    • B.

      Reduce a window to a button on the taskbar.

    • C.

      Expand a window to fill the entire screen.

    • D.

      Return a window to its original size.

    Correct Answer
    B. Reduce a window to a button on the taskbar.
    Explanation
    The Minimize button is used to reduce a window to a button on the taskbar. This allows the user to temporarily hide the window without closing it completely. By clicking the Minimize button, the window is removed from the desktop and a corresponding button is created on the taskbar, making it easy to access and restore the window whenever needed.

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  • 7. 

    What program command saves a copy of a file under a different name?

    • A.

      Duplicate

    • B.

      Copy

    • C.

      Save

    • D.

      Save As

    Correct Answer
    D. Save As
    Explanation
    The program command "Save As" allows the user to save a copy of a file under a different name. This command is commonly used when the user wants to create a duplicate of the file with a new name, while still keeping the original file intact. It is a convenient way to create multiple versions or variations of a file without having to manually copy and paste the content into a new file.

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  • 8. 

    What is the name of the Windows location that stores cut or copied information?

    • A.

      Clipboard

    • B.

      Start menu

    • C.

      Hard Drive

    • D.

      Paint

    Correct Answer
    A. Clipboard
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Clipboard". The clipboard is the Windows location that stores cut or copied information. When you cut or copy something, it gets temporarily stored in the clipboard, allowing you to paste it elsewhere. This feature is commonly used for copying and pasting text, images, or files between different applications or within the same application. The clipboard acts as a temporary storage area for data that can be easily accessed and manipulated by the user.

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  • 9. 

    How do you open a program when there isn't an icon on the desktop for the one you want to use?

    • A.

      Right-click to reveal all icons.

    • B.

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

    • C.

      Restart the computer.

    • D.

      It is not possible to open the program if no icons are on the desktop.

    Correct Answer
    B. Click the START button and select the program from the menu.
    Explanation
    To open a program when there isn't an icon on the desktop, you can click the START button and select the program from the menu. The START button is typically located at the bottom left corner of the screen and clicking on it opens a menu with various options, including a list of installed programs. By selecting the desired program from this menu, you can open it even if there is no icon on the desktop.

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  • 10. 

    A WORD file can be attached to an e-mail message?

    • A.

      Yes

    • B.

      No

    • C.

      Depends on what type of file

    • D.

      Only to select an e-mail address

    Correct Answer
    A. Yes
    Explanation
    Yes, a WORD file can be attached to an e-mail message. This is a common feature in most email clients and allows users to attach various types of files, including WORD documents, to their email messages. Attaching a WORD file to an email allows the recipient to easily access and open the document directly from their email client.

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  • 11. 

    In a file hierarchy, a folder inside another folder is called:

    • A.

      Program

    • B.

      Internal hard disk

    • C.

      Subfolder

    • D.

      Clipboard

    Correct Answer
    C. Subfolder
    Explanation
    A folder inside another folder is called a subfolder. This term is commonly used in file hierarchies to describe the organization of files and folders within a computer system. By creating subfolders, users can further categorize and group related files together, making it easier to navigate and locate specific files within the hierarchy.

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  • 12. 

    After you delete a file from your hard disk, it is automatically placed in the:

    • A.

      Search box

    • B.

      USB flash drive

    • C.

      Clipboard

    • D.

      Recycle bin

    Correct Answer
    D. Recycle bin
    Explanation
    After you delete a file from your hard disk, it is automatically placed in the recycle bin. The recycle bin acts as a temporary storage location for deleted files, allowing users to recover them if needed. This provides a safety net in case a file is accidentally deleted or if the user decides they still need the file. The recycle bin can be accessed and emptied manually by the user, permanently deleting the files, or the files will be automatically deleted after a certain time.

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  • 13. 

    In software applications such as Microsoft Word, what is a document called?

    • A.

      Page

    • B.

      Folder

    • C.

      File

    • D.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    C. File
    Explanation
    In software applications such as Microsoft Word, a document is called a "file". A file is a collection of data or information that is stored on a computer or a storage device. In the context of Microsoft Word, a document is created and saved as a file, which can be opened, edited, and saved again. Therefore, the correct answer is "File".

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  • 14. 

    What is the significance of a faded (dimmed) command in a drop-down menu?

    • A.

      There are no equivalent keystrokes for the particular command.

    • B.

      The command is not currently accessible.

    • C.

      A dialog box appears if the command is selected.

    • D.

      A Help window appears if the command is selected.

    Correct Answer
    B. The command is not currently accessible.
    Explanation
    A faded (dimmed) command in a drop-down menu indicates that the command is not currently accessible. This means that the command cannot be selected or executed at the moment. The faded appearance serves as a visual cue to the user that the command is unavailable or disabled, often due to specific conditions or requirements that need to be met before the command can be used.

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  • 15. 

    Any computer parts that you can actually touch are considered to be:

    • A.

      Systems

    • B.

      Platforms

    • C.

      Hardware

    • D.

      Software

    Correct Answer
    C. Hardware
    Explanation
    Computer parts that can be physically touched are referred to as hardware. This includes components such as the motherboard, CPU, memory, storage devices, input/output devices, and peripherals. Hardware is the physical aspect of a computer system that can be seen and touched, in contrast to software, which refers to the programs and instructions that run on the hardware.

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  • 16. 

    The term ____________ refers to the set of instructions that directs the hardware in a computer to accomplish a task.

    • A.

      Output

    • B.

      Software

    • C.

      Hardware

    • D.

      Input

    Correct Answer
    B. Software
    Explanation
    Software refers to the set of instructions that directs the hardware in a computer to accomplish a task. It is a collection of programs, data, and instructions that tell the computer how to perform specific tasks. Software can be categorized into system software, which includes the operating system, and application software, which includes programs like word processors, spreadsheets, and web browsers. Without software, the hardware in a computer would be useless as it would not know what tasks to perform. Therefore, software plays a crucial role in enabling computers to function and carry out various tasks.

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  • 17. 

    All computers must have:

    • A.

      A virus-checking program

    • B.

      A printer attached

    • C.

      Word processing software

    • D.

      An operating system

    Correct Answer
    D. An operating system
    Explanation
    An operating system is essential for all computers as it manages the hardware and software resources, provides a user interface, and allows different applications to run on the computer. Without an operating system, the computer would not be able to perform basic functions or run any software programs. Therefore, it is a necessary component for all computers.

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  • 18. 

    Which software would you use to create a multimedia presentation?

    • A.

      ITunes

    • B.

      PowerPoint

    • C.

      Excel

    • D.

      Entourage

    Correct Answer
    B. PowerPoint
    Explanation
    PowerPoint is the correct answer because it is a software specifically designed for creating multimedia presentations. It offers various features such as slide design, animation, and audio/video integration, allowing users to create visually appealing and interactive presentations. iTunes is primarily used for managing and playing media files, Excel is a spreadsheet software, and Entourage is an email and personal information manager. Therefore, PowerPoint is the most suitable option for creating a multimedia presentation.

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  • 19. 

    What type of device is a flash drive?

    • A.

      Output

    • B.

      Input

    • C.

      Storage

    • D.

      Software

    Correct Answer
    C. Storage
    Explanation
    A flash drive is a type of storage device. It is a small, portable device that uses flash memory to store and transfer data. Flash drives are commonly used to store and transport files, such as documents, photos, videos, and music. They are often plugged into a computer's USB port and can be easily accessed and used to transfer data between devices.

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  • 20. 

    An operating system is:

    • A.

      CD-ROM software

    • B.

      Application software

    • C.

      Integrated software

    • D.

      System software

    Correct Answer
    D. System software
    Explanation
    An operating system is considered system software because it is responsible for managing and controlling the computer's hardware and software resources. It provides a platform for other software applications to run on and facilitates communication between the hardware and the user. Unlike application software, which is designed for specific tasks or functions, an operating system is essential for the overall functioning of a computer system.

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  • 21. 

    An unwanted program running on a computer is called a 

    • A.

      Pain

    • B.

      Sickness

    • C.

      Virus

    • D.

      Encryption

    Correct Answer
    C. Virus
    Explanation
    An unwanted program running on a computer is called a virus. A virus is a type of malicious software that can replicate itself and spread to other computers. It can cause various harmful effects such as damaging files, stealing personal information, or disrupting the normal functioning of a computer system. Viruses are often designed to be stealthy and can be introduced to a computer through various means, such as email attachments, infected websites, or downloaded files. It is important to have antivirus software installed on a computer to detect and remove viruses to ensure the security and smooth operation of the system.

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  • 22. 

    The _____________ shows what files and applications are open.

    • A.

      Shortcut Menu

    • B.

      My Documents

    • C.

      Taskbar

    • D.

      Start Menu

    Correct Answer
    C. Taskbar
    Explanation
    The taskbar is a bar located at the bottom of the screen in the Windows operating system. It displays the Start button, open windows, and icons for pinned or running applications. By looking at the taskbar, users can easily see which files and applications are currently open and accessible.

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  • 23. 

    The _________________ is an output device that produces output on paper.

    • A.

      Printer

    • B.

      Monitor

    • C.

      Mouse

    • D.

      Keyboard

    Correct Answer
    A. Printer
    Explanation
    A printer is an output device that produces output on paper. It is used to create hard copies of documents or images from a computer. Unlike a monitor, mouse, or keyboard, which are input devices, a printer is specifically designed to produce physical copies of digital information.

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  • 24. 

    A ___________ is a pointing device used to move a pointer on the screen and to make selections.

    • A.

      Keyboard

    • B.

      Mouse

    • C.

      Monitor

    • D.

      Processor

    Correct Answer
    B. Mouse
    Explanation
    A mouse is a pointing device that allows users to move a pointer on the screen and make selections. It typically consists of a small device that is moved across a surface, with buttons that can be clicked to perform actions. The mouse is an essential tool for navigating and interacting with graphical user interfaces, allowing users to easily control and manipulate objects on the screen. Unlike a keyboard, which is primarily used for inputting text and commands, the mouse is specifically designed for precise cursor movement and selection.

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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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