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On the computer screen

active window

noun

an area on a computer screen showing the program that you are using at a particular time

avatar

noun

a picture on a computer screen that represents a particular computer user, especially one of several users who are having a conversation with each other on the Internet

bar

noun

a long narrow shape along one of the sides of a window on a computer screen

bar

noun

a long narrow shape consisting of several strips of light that show how much life is left in a phone battery, electronic device, etc.

blank

adjective

a blank screen, for example on a computer, has no writing or images on it

blip

noun

a small flashing light on a computer screen or similar piece of equipment

box

noun

a space on a computer screen, where you can read or write a particular type of information

button

noun

a symbol on a computer screen that you can use to start programs

button bar

noun

a row of symbols on a computer screen that you can use to start programs quickly

cell

noun

a small square in a pattern of squares on a computer spreadsheet for writing numbers or words in

checkbox

noun

a small square on a computer screen that you click on with your mouse to choose a feature

cursor

noun

a small flashing line on a computer screen that you move to mark the point where you are going to type or do something

desktop

noun

the background of a computer screen that shows icons of the programs that are available

dialog box

noun

a small area that appears on a computer screen for you to type messages, instructions, or choices

drop-down menu

noun

a list of choices on your computer screen that stays there until you choose one

error message

noun

a message that you get on your computer screen when you have made a mistake or when something has gone wrong with the program

favicon

noun

a small computer icon that is used as a sign for your favourite websites

gray out

if a part of a computer screen has been grayed out, the writing in it appears in a dull color in order to show that you cannot use it

guided tour

noun

an explanation of how to use a website or a piece of software that you read on a computer screen by clicking on a series of buttons or links

help screen

noun

a screen in a computer program or website that contains advice on how to use the program or website

hot spot

noun

a small area on a computer screen that you click on in order to make the computer perform an action

I-beam

noun

a cursor shaped like a capital “I” that appears over writing in Microsoft Windows software

icon

noun

a small picture on a computer screen that you choose by pressing a button with the mouse in order to open a particular program

menu

noun

a list of choices on a computer screen that tells you what you can do in a particular program

menu bar

noun

a row of all the menus in a computer program that usually appears at the top of your computer screen

page

noun

the writing or pictures on a computer screen that you can print on one side of a piece of paper

page

noun

the writing or pictures on a computer screen that you can see at one time, for example as part of a website

pop-up

noun

something such as an advertisement that appears suddenly on a computer screen when you are looking at the Internet, or when you click the mouse or press a key

prompt

noun

a sign on a computer screen that shows that the computer is ready for you to type something

pull-down menu

noun

a list of choices on a computer screen that you get by clicking on a word or words

radio button

noun

a place on a website or computer screen that looks like a button that the user can press to choose something

resolution

noun

the amount of detail that you can see on a television or computer screen, or in a photograph

ruler

noun

a part of a computer screen used for showing the distance of something from the side or top of the screen

screen

noun

the set of words or pictures shown on a computer screen

screenshot

noun

a photograph or printed page showing what appears on a computer screen

scroll bar

noun

a long narrow area at the edge of a computer screen used for moving information up, down, or across the screen

shortcut

noun

a computer icon or a combination of keys on the keyboard such as “Alt + C” that helps you do something on the computer more quickly, for example go to a particular program or copy information

split screen

noun

a way of showing two or more pictures or sets of information on one movie theater, television, or computer screen

split-screen

adjective

showing two or more pictures or sets of information on one movie theater, television, or computer screen

status bar

noun

a bar across the bottom of a computer screen giving information about a program and the job that it is doing

taskbar

noun

a series of words or icons (=simple images) along the top or bottom of a computer screen that you can use to move between different activities

text box

noun

a box on a computer screen in which you can type or change words and numbers

thumbnail

noun

a small picture of something shown on a computer screen, especially on a page of a website

tick box

noun

a checkbox

title bar

noun

a colored band across the top of a window on a computer screen that shows the name of the document or program that is open

toolbar

noun

a row of icons (=small pictures) on a computer screen that perform particular actions when you click on them

wallpaper

noun

the background color or pattern that you can put on your computer screen

widget

noun

a small application or program that provides easy access to frequently used functions and provides visual information, for example on-screen clocks, notes, calculators, or calendars

window

noun

one of the different work areas on a computer screen

pre-cation

a paid holiday given to a new employee before they start their job

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