Computer Basics

Please click on the 'Lab Manual' for the reading for this assignment. You will need to search the internet for some of the responses.


Exercise 1

Answer the following questions in a Word document.

1.) What are the keyboard shortcuts to select all, copy, and paste (PC or Mac, please specify)?
2.) What is the keyboard shortcut to quickly switch between open programs or apps (PC or Mac)?
3.) In what manner are files and folders organized on a computer?
4.) What are some common file extensions for images?
5.) What are three common web browsers that people use?
6.) What is the keyboard shortcut to quickly search for a key word supported by most web browsers?
7.) What is an easy way to look up or find information with the use of a computer with internet?
8.) What is the purpose of "Device Drivers" on a computer?
9.) What are the two main different peripherals and what makes them different?
10.) What are some of the essential hardware components that make up a computer?


Save the Word document as 'hw2.docx' in the 'Word Document' format (it should be default). Send hw2.docx as an email attachment to your instructor.

In the subject line for your email, include the assignment number, your name and the last 4 digits of your RunnerID in this form:

Homework 2, 1234, Samantha Spade

(Replace Samantha Spade with your name and 1234 with the last four digits of your student ID). The subject line must be exactly in this format (including capital letters and commas) in order for my grading script to download your assignment correctly, so please follow these instructions carefully.

Errors in your homework grade must be worked out with your instructor within one week of grades being posted. You will be asked to show the assignment in the sent email box with the attachment as proof that you submitted your work on time.

Remove your USB drive and take the drive with you when you leave. This should be the last action when you leave the lab every time. The lab computers are wiped clean every night and all data stored on them is deleted. USB drives left plugged into the computer usually find a new owner.