Can You Pass This Basic Computer Knowledge Quiz?

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Computers are used worldwide, and people need to have some basic knowledge when it comes to them. The quiz below is designed to test what you know about computers from your past studies and assess team members' basic computer navigation skills. Take it up and see if you might need a refresher course on computers and their applications. Get ready to explore a range of topics that cover the fundamental aspects of computer knowledge. Whether you're a tech-savvy individual looking to validate your knowledge or a newcomer eager to learn, this quiz is an excellent opportunity to gauge your computer Read moreliteracy. Challenge yourself and embark on this exciting journey through the realm of computers.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    What is the typical result when you position your mouse in a specific location and then click?

    • A.

      A blinking line

    • B.

      A white arrow

    • C.

      Blank screen

    • D.

      A CD-ROM

    Correct Answer
    B. A white arrow
    Explanation
    When you place your mouse in a particular position and then click, the cursor changes to a white arrow. This is a common behavior in computer systems where the cursor changes its appearance to indicate that it is ready to perform an action such as selecting or clicking on an object. The white arrow cursor is typically used when hovering over clickable elements like buttons, links, or menus, indicating that they can be interacted with.

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  • 2. 

    An on screen image changes as you: 

    • A.

      Right-Click

    • B.

      Left-Click

    • C.

      Mouse-Over

    • D.

      Double-Click

    Correct Answer
    C. Mouse-Over
    Explanation
    When you "Mouse-Over" an on-screen image, it means that you move your mouse cursor over the image without clicking any button. This action triggers a response from the image, causing it to change in some way. This could include displaying additional information, revealing a different image, or activating a specific function related to the image. Therefore, "Mouse-Over" is the correct answer as it accurately describes the action that causes the on-screen image to change.

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  • 3. 

    When clicking on the start button, then clicking on the all programs button will: 

    • A.

      Display categories

    • B.

      Open Excel

    • C.

      Close a program

    Correct Answer
    A. Display categories
    Explanation
    Clicking on the start button and then clicking on the all programs button will display categories. This means that when the user performs these actions, they will see a list of categories or folders that contain various programs or applications on their computer. This allows the user to easily navigate and access the different programs installed on their system.

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  • 4. 

    Sometimes we forget where we saved a file or folder. If this happens: 

    • A.

      The file is lost

    • B.

      Start looking

    • C.

      This can't happen

    • D.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    B. Start looking
    Explanation
    When we forget where we saved a file or folder, the appropriate action to take is to start looking for it. This means searching through different folders or using the search function to locate the file or folder. It is not correct to say that the file is lost, as it may still be on the computer but in an unknown location. Saying that this can't happen is also incorrect, as forgetting the location of a file is a common occurrence. Therefore, the correct answer is to start looking for the file or folder.

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  • 5. 

    When copying a file from one location to another causes the original file to: 

    • A.

      Be Deleted

    • B.

      Be Unaffected

    • C.

      To be Moved

    • D.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    B. Be Unaffected
    Explanation
    When copying a file from one location to another, the original file remains unchanged and unaffected. The file is duplicated and a new copy is created in the destination location, leaving the original file intact.

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  • 6. 

    The taskbar at the bottom of your screen displays: 

    • A.

      Displays icons and titles of all programs or folders currently active on your screen

    • B.

      Displays all programs installed in your computer

    • C.

      Displays all deleted files from your current session

    • D.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    A. Displays icons and titles of all programs or folders currently active on your screen
    Explanation
    The taskbar at the bottom of your screen displays icons and titles of all programs or folders currently active on your screen. This allows you to easily switch between different programs or folders without having to search for them on your desktop or in the Start menu. It provides a convenient way to access and organize your open applications and files.

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  • 7. 

    To check or change your printer preference: 

    • A.

      Right-click on your start-up screen and choose printers.

    • B.

      Click the start button, choose devices and printers to select

    • C.

      Click the start button and choose computer to select

    • D.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    B. Click the start button, choose devices and printers to select
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Click the start button, choose devices and printers to select". This is because the question is asking for the correct way to check or change printer preferences. By clicking the start button and choosing devices and printers, you can access the list of printers connected to your computer and make any necessary changes to their settings.

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  • 8. 

    To minimize your screen you would: 

    • A.

      Exit the screen and open it back up when you are ready to proceed.

    • B.

      Right-click on the screen and click on minimize.

    • C.

      Click on the small horizontal line in the upper right corner of your screen.

    • D.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    C. Click on the small horizontal line in the upper right corner of your screen.
    Explanation
    To minimize your screen, you would click on the small horizontal line in the upper right corner of your screen. This action will reduce the size of the window and move it to the taskbar, allowing you to access other programs or windows without closing the current one.

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  • 9. 

    To highlight an item, you would:

    • A.

      Using your mouse, left-click on the item.

    • B.

      Roll the mouse over the item

    • C.

      Using your mouse, hold down the left button, while going over the item

    • D.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    C. Using your mouse, hold down the left button, while going over the item
    Explanation
    To highlight an item, you would use your mouse to hold down the left button while going over the item. This action is commonly known as "click and drag" and it allows you to select and highlight an item on the screen. Left-clicking on the item or rolling the mouse over it does not necessarily highlight the item, as those actions may have different functions depending on the context. Therefore, the correct answer is to hold down the left button while going over the item.

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  • 10. 

    To copy an item, you would:

    • A.

      Highlight the item, right-click, and select Copy.

    • B.

      Highlight the item, press Ctrl+C

    • C.

      Highlight the item, left-click, and select Copy.

    • D.

      Both A and B

    Correct Answer
    D. Both A and B
    Explanation
    Both A and B are correct because there are multiple ways to copy an item. In option A, you can right-click on the highlighted item and select the copy option from the context menu. In option B, you can use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+C after highlighting the item. Both methods achieve the same result of copying the item.

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Samy Boulos |MSC, Computer Science |
Computer Expert
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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