Microsoft Windows Basics Quiz

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Immerse yourself in the fundamental elements of Microsoft Windows with our Basics Quiz. Tailored for users of all levels, this quiz offers a comprehensive exploration of Windows operating system essentials. From navigation tips to file management and system customization, test your knowledge of the core functionalities that make Windows a user-friendly platform. Whether you're a beginner or looking to reinforce your understanding, this quiz provides an engaging way to assess and enhance your proficiency in Microsoft Windows Basics. Unlock the secrets of efficient navigation, customization, and management within the Windows environment. Take the quiz and elevate your Windows expertise today.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Which program below provides user access to delete files?

    • A.

      Internet Explorer

    • B.

      Windows Manager

    • C.

      Windows Explorer

    Correct Answer
    C. Windows Explorer
    Explanation
    Windows Explorer provides user access to delete files. It is a file management program that allows users to navigate through their computer's file system, view and organize files and folders, and perform various file operations such as copying, moving, renaming, and deleting files. It provides a graphical user interface for users to interact with their files and folders in a convenient and intuitive manner.

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  • 2. 

    A folder may contain only one or more files.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    A folder may contain zero or more files and directories.

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  • 3. 

    What Windows application allows you to edit text files?

    • A.

      Files & Settings Transfer Wizard

    • B.

      Windows Notepad

    • C.

      Windows Explorer

    • D.

      Text editor

    Correct Answer
    D. Text editor
    Explanation
    A text editor is a Windows application that allows users to edit text files. It provides a simple and straightforward interface for making changes to the content of a text file. Unlike other applications listed, such as the Files & Settings Transfer Wizard, Windows Notepad, and Windows Explorer, a text editor specifically focuses on editing text files rather than transferring files or managing the file system. Therefore, a text editor is the correct choice for editing text files in Windows.

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  • 4. 

    DOS is an acronym for Device Operating System.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    DOS stands for Disk Operating System which was the forerunner to Windows. You can access DOS from windows by running the Command Prompt program cmd.exe.

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  • 5. 

    Copy and Paste is a common function allowing copying of data to and from the windows clipboard. 

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The clipboard is the invisible location used to copy to and from using the copy and paste operation.

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  • 6. 

    Pressing the Control key simultaneously with the letter C key copies the highlighted item(s) allowing for a subsequent paste operation.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Pressing the Control key simultaneously with the letter C key is a common keyboard shortcut that is used to copy highlighted items. This action copies the selected text or object and stores it in the clipboard, allowing the user to paste it elsewhere. The statement is true because this keyboard combination is widely used for copying items in various applications and operating systems.

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  • 7. 

    The Windows Task Manager allows the user to monitor the current CPU and memory utilization.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The Windows Task Manager is a system utility that provides information about the processes and performance of a computer. It allows users to monitor various aspects of their system, including CPU and memory utilization. By accessing the Task Manager, users can view real-time data on how much of their computer's processing power and memory is being used, helping them identify any performance issues or resource-intensive processes. Therefore, the statement "The Windows Task Manager allows the user to monitor the current CPU and memory utilization" is true.

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  • 8. 

    The Windows Task Manager appears after which key sequence?

    • A.

      Control-Alt-Insert

    • B.

      Control-Alt-Space

    • C.

      Control-Alt-Delete

    Correct Answer
    C. Control-Alt-Delete
    Explanation
    The Windows Task Manager appears after pressing the Control-Alt-Delete key sequence. This key combination is commonly used to access the Task Manager in Windows operating systems. The Task Manager allows users to monitor and manage running processes, view system performance, and close unresponsive programs.

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  • 9. 

    A folder has the same meaning as the term directory.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Folder and directory terms are interchangeable terms used to define the same idea across multiple operating systems.

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  • 10. 

    The Windows Paint program provides features for video editing.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The statement is false because there is no program called "Windows Paint" that provides features for video editing. Therefore, the correct answer is False.

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  • 11. 

    The Windows Task Bar shows which programs are currently running on the computer. 

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    There are actually more programs running which may be seen using the Task Manager.

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  • 12. 

    What program allows the user to modify the computer's settings?

    • A.

      Utility Manager

    • B.

      Control Panel

    • C.

      System Information

    Correct Answer
    B. Control Panel
    Explanation
    The Control Panel is a program that allows the user to modify the computer's settings. It provides access to various settings and configurations, allowing users to customize their computer's appearance, hardware, software, and other system settings. With the Control Panel, users can manage user accounts, network settings, display settings, installed programs, and more. It is a central hub for making changes and adjustments to the computer's settings, making it the correct answer to the question.

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  • 13. 

    Windows displays three icons on the top-right window of an application. The icons appear in the form of a dash, square, and an x. What function below occurs after clicking the square?

    • A.

      Program is Maximized

    • B.

      Program is Minimized

    • C.

      Program is deleted

    Correct Answer
    A. Program is Maximized
    Explanation
    Clicking the square icon in Windows maximizes the program. This means that the program window will be expanded to fill the entire screen, allowing the user to view and work with the program in a larger space.

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  • 14. 

    WIndows allows more than one user to be logged into the system at any time.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Windows allows more than one user to be logged into the system at any time. This means that multiple users can have separate accounts and login credentials, and they can access the system simultaneously without interfering with each other's files or settings. This feature is especially useful in shared environments such as offices or educational institutions where multiple people need to use the same computer or network resources at the same time. It allows for increased productivity and convenience by enabling users to switch between accounts without having to log out and log back in.

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  • 15. 

    The Windows's Registry application provides a central depository for the storing of user settings, and program configurations.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The Windows Registry is a centralized database in the Windows operating system that stores important settings and configurations for both the operating system itself and installed programs. It serves as a depository for user preferences, system settings, hardware configurations, and much more. The Registry plays a crucial role in maintaining the stability and functionality of the Windows system, making the statement "True" accurate.

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  • 16. 

    What key must be pressed to allow multiple selection of files that are interspersed with files which should not be selected? 

    • A.

      Alt

    • B.

      Shift

    • C.

      Control

    Correct Answer
    C. Control
    Explanation
    Pressing the Control key allows for multiple selection of files that are interspersed with files that should not be selected. By holding down the Control key and clicking on individual files, you can select multiple files that are not necessarily grouped together. This is useful when you want to select specific files from a larger list without selecting all of them at once.

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  • 17. 

    Which key must be pressed to select multiple files that are juxtapositioned in WIndows Explorer?

    • A.

      Alt

    • B.

      Shift

    • C.

      Control

    Correct Answer
    B. Shift
    Explanation
    In Windows Explorer, the Shift key must be pressed to select multiple files that are juxtapositioned. This key allows the user to select a range of files by clicking on the first file, then holding down the Shift key and clicking on the last file in the range. This action will select all the files in between the first and last file clicked.

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  • 18. 

    Which of the following programs is not a web browser?

    • A.

      Firefox

    • B.

      Internet Explorer

    • C.

      Windows Explorer

    Correct Answer
    C. Windows Explorer
    Explanation
    Windows Explorer is not a web browser. It is a file management program used to browse and navigate files and folders on a computer's operating system. Firefox and Internet Explorer, on the other hand, are web browsers that allow users to access and view websites on the internet.

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  • 19. 

    Upon starting(booting) your computer, which drive is used to load windows?

    • A.

      Drive-A

    • B.

      Drive-B

    • C.

      Drive-C

    Correct Answer
    C. Drive-C
    Explanation
    Upon starting (booting) your computer, Drive-C is used to load Windows. Drive-C is typically the primary hard drive where the operating system is installed. It contains the necessary files and data required for the computer to start up and run the Windows operating system.

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  • 20. 

    A megabyte is equal to how many bytes?

    • A.

      512

    • B.

      1024

    • C.

      2048

    • D.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    D. None of the above
    Explanation
    The megabyte is a multiple of the unit byte for digital information storage or transmission with two different values depending on context: 1048576 bytes generally for computer memory; and one million bytes generally for computer storage.

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  • 21. 

    What subsystem within your computer stores information temporarily for use by the system's Central Processor Unit(CPU)?

    • A.

      USB

    • B.

      RAM

    • C.

      Front Side Bus

    Correct Answer
    B. RAM
    Explanation
    RAM stands for Random Access Memory, which is a subsystem within a computer that stores information temporarily for use by the system's Central Processing Unit (CPU). It is a type of computer memory that can be read from and written to by the CPU, allowing for quick access to data that is currently being used by the system. RAM is volatile memory, meaning that its contents are lost when the computer is powered off or restarted. It plays a crucial role in the overall performance and speed of a computer system.

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  • 22. 

    Adding new peripherals(hardware) to your computer often requires what software to allow Windows to communicate with the new hardware?

    • A.

      Application Software

    • B.

      Driver

    • C.

      Passenger

    Correct Answer
    B. Driver
    Explanation
    When adding new peripherals (hardware) to a computer, such as a printer or a scanner, the computer needs software called a "driver" to communicate with the new hardware. A driver is a specific type of software that enables the operating system, in this case, Windows, to understand and interact with the new hardware device. Without the appropriate driver, the computer would not be able to utilize the functionality of the newly added hardware.

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  • 23. 

    What connector type is represented in the following picture?

    • A.

      Parallel

    • B.

      Serial

    • C.

      USB

    Correct Answer
    C. USB
    Explanation
    The correct answer is USB. The picture is not provided, but based on the given options, USB is the most likely connector type represented. Parallel and serial connectors are older types of connections, while USB is a common and widely used connector for various devices such as computers, smartphones, and peripherals.

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  • 24. 

    What program shows the user how much free space remains on their hard drive?

    • A.

      Internet Explorer

    • B.

      Windows Explorer

    • C.

      Wordpad

    Correct Answer
    B. Windows Explorer
    Explanation
    Windows Explorer is the correct answer because it is a program that allows users to navigate through their computer's file system. One of the features of Windows Explorer is that it displays information about the storage capacity and free space on the hard drive. This allows users to easily see how much space is available on their hard drive and manage their files accordingly.

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  • 25. 

    Which may be the root cause of sluggishness with your computer?

    • A.

      Insufficient amount of physical memory installed.

    • B.

      Too many programs running at the same time

    • C.

      Disk drive is too fragmented

    • D.

      All of the above.

    Correct Answer
    D. All of the above.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "All of the above." This means that all three options mentioned - insufficient amount of physical memory installed, too many programs running at the same time, and disk drive being too fragmented - can be potential root causes of sluggishness with a computer. Insufficient memory can lead to slow performance, running too many programs simultaneously can overload the system, and a fragmented disk drive can result in slower data access and retrieval.

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  • 26. 

    Pressing what key(s) captures the windows desktop to the clipboard?

    • A.

      Shift-space

    • B.

      Print Screen

    • C.

      Scroll Lock

    Correct Answer
    B. Print Screen
    Explanation
    Pressing the Print Screen key captures the entire windows desktop, including all open windows and icons, and copies it to the clipboard. This allows the user to paste the captured image into another application, such as an image editing software or a document, for further use or editing.

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Samy Boulos |MSC, Computer Science |
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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 wealth of experience positions him as a reliable and knowledgeable consultant in navigating the ever-evolving landscape of IT and technology.

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