Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Appendix B: Glossary
save To preserve information permanently. The memory your computer uses
when you’re working on ﬁ les is only short-term memory, so when you switch
off your computer, everything that is in the memory is lost. If you want to
keep information, you need to save it to the disk so that it is still there next
time you want it. You should save all your work when using Microsoft Ofﬁ ce.
scroll When a document is too big to ﬁ t on screen, you have to scroll around it
to see different parts of it. This usually means scrolling up and down through
a long document. Contents can be scrolled using the scrollwheel between
the buttons on the mouse, or by clicking and dragging the scrollbars down
the right and/or along the bottom of a window.
select To identify a particular piece of text, picture or ﬁ le, so the computer
knows what you would like to do something to. For example, you would
select a paragraph of text before deleting it.
slide In PowerPoint, a screenful of text is called a slide.
slide show In PowerPoint, a sequence of slides.
soft return A way of starting a new line without ending a paragraph. Use
Shift+Enter in Word.
software Software is a collective term for the applications and programs on the
computer. These applications and programs are what give the computer the
instructions it needs to work. Microsoft Windows is an example of a piece of
software, and so is Microsoft Ofﬁ ce. Without any software, a computer is
sort Change the order of items in a list or a spreadsheet so that they are arranged
in alphabetical or numerical order.
spreadsheet A way of organising information using a grid, with the ability to
perform calculations between the numbers in different boxes (or ‘cells’).
Spreadsheets are created using Excel.
Start button In Windows, the Start button is at the bottom left corner of the
screen. It is used to ﬁ nd and run programs, among other things.