# Basic Computer Knowledge Test

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Basic Computer Skills

• 1.

### How do you open a program such a 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

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 at the bottom left corner of the screen. This will open the start menu from where you can select the program you want to open.

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• 2.

### What are these examples of? -Printer -Mouse -Moniter -Keyboard -Scanner

Hardware
hard ware
Hard ware
Explanation
The given examples of printer, mouse, monitor, keyboard, and scanner are all physical devices that are used to interact with a computer system. These devices are collectively known as hardware, which refers to the tangible components of a computer system. The variations in capitalization in the answer options do not affect the meaning or correctness of the answer.

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• 3.

### 1,000 megabytes =

• A.

1,000 gigibytes

• B.

1 gigibyte

• C.

1,000 kilobytes

• D.

1 gigabyte

D. 1 gigabyte
Explanation
1,000 megabytes is equal to 1 gigabyte. In the binary system, there are 1,024 megabytes in a gigabyte, but in the decimal system commonly used for data storage, there are 1,000 megabytes in a gigabyte. Therefore, 1,000 megabytes is equivalent to 1 gigabyte.

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• 4.

### 1,000 kilobytes =

• A.

1 byte

• B.

1,000 gigabytes

• C.

1 megabytes

• D.

1,000 megabytes

C. 1 megabytes
Explanation
The question is asking for the equivalent of 1,000 kilobytes. Since there are 1,000 kilobytes in a megabyte, the correct answer is 1 megabyte.

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• 5.

### How many bits to make a byte?

• A.

8 bits

• B.

14 bits

• C.

5 bits

• D.

7 bits

• E.

10 bits

A. 8 bits
Explanation
A byte is a unit of digital information that typically consists of 8 bits. Each bit can represent either a 0 or a 1, and when combined, they form a byte. Therefore, it takes 8 bits to make a byte.

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• 6.

### What is the Binary Code?

• A.

2 and 3

• B.

4 and 5

• C.

77 and 99

• D.

6 and 7

• E.

0 and 1

E. 0 and 1
Explanation
The binary code is a system of representing information using only two digits, 0 and 1. In this system, each digit is called a bit, and a combination of bits represents different characters, numbers, or instructions. It is the foundation of all digital systems and computer programming, where data is processed and stored using binary digits.

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• 7.

### An operating system is _______.

• A.

Integrated Software

• B.

Application Software

• C.

System Software

C. System Software
Explanation
An operating system is considered system software as it is responsible for managing and coordinating computer hardware and software resources. It provides a platform for other software applications to run on and ensures that the computer system functions efficiently. Integrated software refers to a combination of different software applications into a single package, while application software is designed to perform specific tasks for end-users. Therefore, the correct answer is system software.

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• 8.

### Which one is both an input and output device?

• A.

Monitor

• B.

Mouse

• C.

Keyboard

• D.

Modem

D. Modem
Explanation
A modem is both an input and output device because it allows for the transmission and reception of data between a computer and the internet or another computer network. It receives data signals from the internet or network and converts them into a format that can be understood by the computer, acting as an input device. At the same time, it also sends data signals from the computer to the internet or network, acting as an output device. Therefore, a modem serves the dual purpose of both receiving and transmitting data, making it an input and output device.

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• 9.

### What is not an example of Windows Operating System

• A.

XP

• B.

Vista

• C.

MAC OS

• D.

Windows 98

• E.

Lynux Red Hat

C. MAC OS
E. Lynux Red Hat
Explanation
The question asks for something that is not an example of the Windows Operating System. Among the given options, MAC OS and Lynux Red Hat are not examples of the Windows Operating System. MAC OS is the operating system used by Apple computers, while Lynux Red Hat is a Linux-based operating system. Therefore, both MAC OS and Lynux Red Hat are not examples of the Windows Operating System.

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• 10.

### A software is a __________

• A.

Sets instructions

• B.

Computer program

• C.

Works with operating system

• D.

All of the above

• E.

None of the above

D. All of the above
Explanation
A software is a collection of computer programs that consists of sets of instructions. It is designed to perform specific tasks and can work with an operating system to execute those tasks. Therefore, the correct answer is "all of the above" as it encompasses all the given options.

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• 11.

### Check the file extensions indicate only graphics files

• A.

Bmp

• B.

Jpg

• C.

Ppt

• D.

Gif

• E.

Xls

A. Bmp
B. Jpg
D. Gif
Explanation
The file extensions bmp, jpg, and gif are commonly used for graphics files. These file formats are specifically designed to store and display images, while ppt and xls are file extensions used for presentation and spreadsheet files respectively. Therefore, the correct answer includes only the file extensions that indicate graphics files.

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• 12.

### How could you adjust the monitor's screen resolution(so the icons are smaller and you can fit more on your screen)?

• A.

Click the 'Start' menu then run. Type 'Screen Resolution' into the command line.

• B.

This cannot be done. A monitor's resolution is fixed.

• C.

Right-click the mouse on the desktop, then go to 'Properties' then the 'Settings' tab

• D.

Adjust the scroll wheel on your monitor till its the right size

C. Right-click the mouse on the desktop, then go to 'Properties' then the 'Settings' tab
Explanation
To adjust the monitor's screen resolution, you need to right-click the mouse on the desktop and then go to 'Properties' and navigate to the 'Settings' tab. From there, you can modify the screen resolution to make the icons smaller and fit more on the screen. This option allows you to customize the display settings according to your preference and requirements.

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• 13.

### Right-Clicking the mouse while hovering over the desktop will give you the option to...

• A.

Launch programs like Word and Notepad

• B.

Arrange the desktop icons by size, type, name, etc

• C.

Reboot the computer

• D.

Change the computer's clock

B. Arrange the desktop icons by size, type, name, etc
Explanation
Right-clicking the mouse while hovering over the desktop allows the user to access the context menu, which provides various options for managing the desktop. One of these options is to arrange the desktop icons by size, type, name, etc. This feature helps the user to organize the icons in a way that suits their preferences and makes it easier to locate specific programs or files on the desktop.

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• 14.

### Which is NOT a method of adding a bookmark in Internet Explorer

• A.

Clicking 'Favorites' then 'Add to Favorites

• B.

Clicking the Star Icon below the address bar

• C.

Clicking 'File' then 'Save as'

• D.

Right-Click the mouse and select 'Add to Favorites'

C. Clicking 'File' then 'Save as'
• 15.

### How can you resize a window to whatever size you want?

• A.

Clicking the '_' icon on the top right of the window

• B.

By going to 'Window' then 'Resize'

• C.

You cannot make it any size you want, only full-screen or minimized

• D.

By clicking and dragging on the bottom right corner of the window

D. By clicking and dragging on the bottom right corner of the window
Explanation
To resize a window to any desired size, you can click and drag on the bottom right corner of the window. This action allows you to manually adjust the dimensions of the window according to your preference.

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• 16.

### What does the 'Reply-All' button in Email do?

• A.

It will send an email to all of the recipients of the original message

• B.

It will send all of the message to the original sender

• C.

A. It will send an email to all of the recipients of the original message
Explanation
The 'Reply-All' button in Email allows the user to send a response to all of the recipients of the original message. This means that the email will be sent to everyone who was included in the recipient list of the original message. It is a convenient feature when the user wants to reply to a group of people who were involved in the previous email conversation.

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• 17.

### How do you cancel something you sent to the printer?

• A.

Close the document you wanted to print

• B.

Open the printer queue on the bottom right taskbar and cancel the job

• C.

Unplug the printer

• D.

Open the print dialog box in Word and click the 'Stop' button

B. Open the printer queue on the bottom right taskbar and cancel the job
Explanation
To cancel something you sent to the printer, you should open the printer queue on the bottom right taskbar and cancel the job. This can be done by right-clicking on the printer icon in the taskbar, selecting "Open Printer Queue," and then selecting the document you want to cancel and clicking on the "Cancel" or "Delete" option. This will remove the document from the printer's queue and prevent it from being printed.

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• 18.

### Which programs are Web Browsers

• A.

Internet explorer, mozilla firefox

• B.

• C.

Java, microsoft outlook

• D.

My documents, email

A. Internet explorer, mozilla firefox
Explanation
Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox are web browsers because they are software applications that allow users to access and navigate the internet. They provide a graphical interface for users to view web pages, search for information, and interact with online content. Unlike programs like Microsoft Word or Adobe Reader, which are used for creating or viewing documents, web browsers specifically cater to browsing the internet. Similarly, programs like Java or Microsoft Outlook are not web browsers as they serve different purposes such as programming or managing emails.

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• 19.

### Which answer does NOT open a new tab in Internet Explorer

• A.

Click 'File' then 'New Tab'

• B.

Click 'Control + T'

• C.

Click the Internet Explorer icon again.

• D.

Click the small empty box on the right side of the current tabs

C. Click the Internet Explorer icon again.
Explanation
Clicking the Internet Explorer icon again does not open a new tab in Internet Explorer. This action simply brings the already open Internet Explorer window to the front, without opening a new tab.

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• 20.

### How would you launch a program if there is not an icon on the desktop for it.

• A.

Type the name of the program into the web browser

• B.

Click the start button and launch the program under 'All Programs'

• C.

Click the 'My Documents' folder to find and launch the program

• D.

You cannot open a program unless there is an icon on the desktop

B. Click the start button and launch the program under 'All Programs'
Explanation
To launch a program without an icon on the desktop, you can click the start button on the computer and navigate to the 'All Programs' section. From there, you can find the program and launch it. This method allows you to access and open programs that may not have a desktop shortcut.

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• 21.

### What is a file extension?

• A.

The program which opens the file

• B.

The letters after the period(.) in the filename

• C.

A shortcut to the file

• D.

The name of the folder where the file is located

B. The letters after the period(.) in the filename
Explanation
A file extension refers to the letters that come after the period (.) in a filename. It is used to identify the type of file and determine which program should be used to open it. For example, a file with the extension ".txt" indicates that it is a text file and can be opened using a text editor. File extensions play a crucial role in organizing and managing files on a computer system.

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• 22.

### A DVD will not run in only a CD player, but will a CD run in a DVD player?

• A.

Yes

• B.

No

A. Yes
Explanation
A CD will run in a DVD player because DVD players are designed to be backward compatible with CDs. The laser in a DVD player can read the information on a CD, allowing it to play the CD without any issues. However, a DVD cannot run in a CD player because the laser in a CD player is not capable of reading the higher density of data on a DVD. Therefore, a DVD player is required to play a DVD.

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• 23.

### Which button on the keyboard is used to capitalize?

• A.

Ctrl

• B.

Tab

• C.

Windows

• D.

Shift

D. Shift
Explanation
The Shift button on the keyboard is used to capitalize letters. When you hold down the Shift key and press a letter, it will be typed as a capital letter instead of a lowercase letter. This is a commonly used function when typing sentences or proper nouns that require capitalization.

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• 24.

### How do you open a program that is on the desktop using the mouse?

• A.

Click the left mouse button once

• B.

Click the right mouse button once

• C.

Hover over the program for 5 seconds

• D.

Double click the program with left mouse button

D. Double click the program with left mouse button
Explanation
To open a program that is on the desktop using the mouse, you need to double click the program with the left mouse button. Double clicking involves quickly pressing the left mouse button twice in succession. This action signals the computer to open the program, allowing you to access its features and functionalities.

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• 25.

### What keys are used on the keyboard to move around the page without moving text?

• A.

< >

• B.

+ -

• C.

Space Bar

• D.

Arrow Keys

D. Arrow Keys
Explanation
The arrow keys are used on the keyboard to move around the page without moving text. They allow the user to navigate through different sections of a webpage or document without affecting the position of the text. By pressing the arrow keys, the user can move the cursor up, down, left, or right, enabling them to scroll through content or select different elements on the page.

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• 26.

### What keys do you need to press on the keyboard to insert a "\$"

• A.

Ctrl + 5

• B.

4

• C.

Enter + 5

• D.

Shift + 4

D. Shift + 4
Explanation
To insert a "\$" symbol on the keyboard, you need to press the Shift key and the number 4 key simultaneously. The Shift key is used to access the upper symbol on a keyboard, and when pressed with the number 4 key, it produces the "\$" symbol.

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• 27.

### What does it mean to minimize a window?

• A.

Keep the window open, but out of sight

• B.

Close the window

• C.

Change the window

• D.

Make the window smaller

A. Keep the window open, but out of sight
Explanation
Minimizing a window means keeping it open, but out of sight. When a window is minimized, it is hidden from view, but it is still running in the background. This allows the user to quickly access the window again without having to reopen it.

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• 28.

### What menu in the task bar is used to copy and paste?

• A.

File

• B.

Copy

• C.

Edit

• D.

Insert

C. Edit
Explanation
The correct answer is "Edit" because the Edit menu in the taskbar typically contains options such as "Copy" and "Paste." These options allow users to copy selected content and then paste it elsewhere, making it a common and convenient method for copying and pasting text or files. The File menu typically contains options related to saving, opening, or printing files, while the Insert menu is often used for adding objects or elements into a document. Therefore, the Edit menu is the most appropriate option for copy and paste functions.

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• 29.

### To make a section of text bold in Word, what do you need to do first?

• A.

Turn on the bold option

• B.

Underline the text

• C.

Highlight the text

• D.

Single click on the text

C. Highlight the text
Explanation
To make a section of text bold in Word, you need to first highlight the text. By highlighting the text, you are selecting the specific section that you want to apply the bold formatting to. Once the text is highlighted, you can then proceed to turn on the bold option, either by clicking the bold button in the toolbar or by using the keyboard shortcut.

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• 30.

### If you want to move a window, what part of the window do you press and hold on the mouse?

• A.

Middle

• B.

Top

• C.

Bottom

• D.

Left Side

B. Top
Explanation
To move a window, you would press and hold on the top part of the window with the mouse. This is because the top part of the window usually contains the title bar, which is designed to be used for dragging and moving the window around the screen. By clicking and holding on the top part of the window, you can easily move it to a different location on your screen.

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• 31.

### Which button is used to save our documents?

• A.

Home Button

• B.

File save as

• C.

Insert Button

B. File save as
Explanation
The correct answer is "File save as" because this button is commonly used to save documents. The "File save as" option allows users to save their documents with a specific name and location on their computer. This ensures that the document is stored and can be accessed later. The other options, "Home Button" and "Insert Button," do not have the primary function of saving documents.

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• 32.

### Which tabs on the Ribbon you find the Zoom?

• A.

Insert Tab

• B.

Tools Tab

• C.

View Tab

C. View Tab
Explanation
The Zoom option can be found on the View Tab of the Ribbon. This tab contains various tools and options related to the visual display of the document, including the Zoom feature. The Zoom option allows users to adjust the magnification level of the document, making it larger or smaller for easier viewing.

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• 33.

### Which tabs on the Ribbon do we use to change our font size?

• A.

Home Tab

• B.

Format Tab

• C.

Font Tab

A. Home Tab
Explanation
The correct answer is Home Tab. The Home Tab on the Ribbon is where we can find various formatting options, including the option to change the font size. It provides quick and easy access to commonly used formatting tools, making it convenient for users to make changes to the font size of their text. The Format Tab and Font Tab do not specifically offer font size options, making them incorrect choices for this question.

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• 34.

### Keyboard shortcut for CUT command is ___________.

• A.

Ctrl + Z

• B.

Ctrl + Y

• C.

Ctrl + X

C. Ctrl + X
Explanation
The correct answer is Ctrl + X. This keyboard shortcut is commonly used to cut selected text or objects and place them in the clipboard. It is a widely recognized shortcut in many software applications and operating systems, including text editors, word processors, and graphic design programs. By using Ctrl + X, users can quickly and easily remove content from a document or file without having to use the traditional cut option from the menu.

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• 35.

### Which tabs on the Ribbon use to layout the page of a document?

• A.

Home Tab

• B.

Page Layout Tab

• C.

Review Tab

B. Page Layout Tab
Explanation
The Page Layout Tab on the Ribbon is used to layout the page of a document. This tab contains various options and tools that allow users to adjust the page setup, margins, orientation, and size of the document. It also includes options for adding headers and footers, applying themes and styles to the document, and managing page breaks. By using the Page Layout Tab, users can easily customize the layout and appearance of their document to meet their specific needs and preferences.

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• 36.

### You use Insert Tab to put header and footer in a document.

• A.

True

• B.

False

A. True
Explanation
The Insert Tab in a document is used to add various elements, such as headers and footers, to the document. Headers and footers are sections of a document that appear at the top and bottom of each page, respectively. By selecting the Insert Tab, users can easily access the options to add and customize headers and footers in their document. Therefore, the statement "You use Insert Tab to put header and footer in a document" is true.

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• 37.

### To make the text at the center, click Left Alignment in the Home Tab.

• A.

True

• B.

False

B. False
Explanation
Clicking "Left Alignment" in the Home Tab will not make the text at the center. It will align the text to the left side of the document or cell. Therefore, the correct answer is False.

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• 38.

### You cannot save your document either in a pendrive or in a diskette.

• A.

True

• B.

False

B. False
Explanation
The statement says that you cannot save your document either in a pendrive or in a diskette. This statement is false because you can save your document in both a pendrive and a diskette. Both of these storage devices can be used to store and transfer files, including documents. Therefore, the correct answer is false.

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• 39.

### To insert clipart, you need to go to Insert Tab then click ClipArt.

• A.

True

• B.

False

A. True
Explanation
To insert clipart into a document, the correct procedure is to navigate to the Insert Tab and then select the ClipArt option. This implies that the statement "To insert clipart, you need to go to Insert Tab then click ClipArt" is correct.

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• 40.

### The only way to change print margins for document is to enter the margins in the Page Set Up dialog box.

• A.

True

• B.

False

A. True
Explanation
The statement is true because the Page Set Up dialog box is the designated tool for adjusting print margins in a document. This dialog box allows users to specify the desired margin size, whether it be for the top, bottom, left, or right side of the page. By entering the desired margin values in this dialog box, users can effectively change the print margins for their document.

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• 41.

### What button is this picture show?

• A.

Font Size

• B.

Change Case

• C.

Spelling and Grammar

B. Change Case
Explanation
The picture is showing the "Change Case" button. This button is commonly used in word processing programs to change the capitalization of selected text. It allows users to easily convert text to uppercase, lowercase, sentence case, title case, or toggle case. By clicking on this button, users can quickly modify the capitalization of their text without having to manually retype it.

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• 42.

• A.

Copy

• B.

Paste

• C.

Painter

C. Painter
• 43.

### Where would you locate the replace function?

• A.

Insert

• B.

View

• C.

Replace

• D.

Edit

• E.

Home

E. Home
Explanation
The replace function is typically located in the "Home" section of a program or application. This section usually contains various tools and options for editing or modifying the content, including the ability to replace specific text or elements. Therefore, it is logical to find the replace function in the "Home" section as it is a common place for such editing functions.

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• 44.

### Where would you locate the option to add a table to your document?

• A.

Home

• B.

Insert

• C.

References

• D.

Review

• E.

Tables

B. Insert
Explanation
The correct answer is "Insert" because this option typically contains all the tools and features related to adding different elements to a document. In this case, adding a table is considered an element, so it would be found under the "Insert" tab.

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• 45.

### Is this the correct button for left aligning your document?

• A.

Yes

• B.

No

• C.

Maybe

• D.

Left align?

• E.

What is alignment

B. No
Explanation
The correct answer is "No" because the question asks if the button is for left aligning the document, and "No" indicates that it is not the correct button for that purpose.

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• 46.

### Where would you click to change the orientation of your page?

• A.

Review

• B.

View

• C.

Page layout

• D.

• E.

Office button

C. Page layout
Explanation
To change the orientation of a page, you would click on the "Page layout" option. This option is typically found in the toolbar or menu of a document editing program. By selecting "Page layout," you can access settings that allow you to change the orientation from portrait to landscape or vice versa. This is useful when you want to adjust the layout of your page to better fit the content or design of your document.

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• 47.

### Which tab would you click on to add two columns?

• A.

Home

• B.

Image

• C.

Insert

• D.

Review

• E.

View

C. Insert
Explanation
To add two columns in a document, you would click on the "Insert" tab. This tab typically contains various options for inserting different elements into the document, such as tables, pictures, and columns. By selecting the "Insert" tab, you can access the column option and add two columns to your document.

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• 48.

### The storage capacity of a floppy disk is

• A.

1.44 MB

• B.

1.44 GB

• C.

1440 KB

• D.

14440 MB

A. 1.44 MB
Explanation
The correct answer is 1.44 MB because floppy disks typically have a storage capacity of 1.44 megabytes. Floppy disks were commonly used in the past for storing and transferring small amounts of data. They were portable and could be easily inserted into a floppy disk drive on a computer. However, their limited storage capacity made them less practical compared to modern storage devices such as USB flash drives and external hard drives.

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