Computers For Seniors Glossary: P

page orientation: Determines whether the height or the width of the page is greater. If the text is parallel to the narrow edge, that’s Portrait. If it’s parallel to the wide edge, that’s Landscape.

palette: An array of colored squares from which you can choose a color.

pan: Click and drag the photo to move it.

peripherals: Accessories such as a printer, speakers, webcams, and microphones. These items may or may not come with your computer when you buy it, but your computer does come with slots (called ports) where you plug in various peripherals.

point: 1. (noun) One point (pt) is 1/72 of an inch. 2. (verb) To move the mouse pointer to a specified location without clicking.

pointing stick: A type of laptop mouse. A pointing stick is a small button located among your computer’s keys.

presentation: A collection of one or more slides saved in a single data file.

printer driver: Installed software installed that uses certain settings to tell your computer how to find the printer and what to print.

processor speed: Your computer contains a processor contained on a computer chip. The speed at which your computer runs programs or completes tasks is determined in great measure by your computer’s processor speed.

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