Below is a list of commonly used computer and Internet terms, acronyms, and software programs. For definitions and expanded information on the terms listed here, consult a computer/Internet dictionary or style guide.

  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Aldus PageMaker
  • America Online (AOL)
  • ASCII (pronounced As-kee)
  • AutoCAD
  • backbone
  • backup
  • BinHex
  • bit map (or bit-mapped)
  • BITNET
  • CAD (computer-aided design)
  • CADD (computer-aided design and drafting)
  • CD-ROM
  • CompuServe
  • computer-assisted instruction (CAI)
  • database
  • download
  • E-mail or e-mail
  • EtherNet
  • Eudora
  • ftp or FTP (file transfer protocol; capped when referring to a specific set of rules that comprise an ftp)
  • GIF (Graphics Interchange Format)
  • Gopher
  • Graphical User Interface (GUI)
  • home page
  • HTML (HyperText Markup Language)
  • HTTP (HyperText Transport Protocol)
  • information superhighway
  • Internet/internet (lowercase when used informally to refer to a group of LANs connected by means of a common communications protocol)
  • Internet2
  • keyword
  • LAN (local area network)
  • laptop computer
  • listserv
  • mainframe
  • Microsoft
  • MINITAB
  • MS-DOS
  • multimedia
  • NCSA Mosaic
  • Netscape
  • newsgroup
  • offline, online (solid as both adjective and adverb)
  • page break
  • PC
  • pop-up menu, pull-down menu
  • PostScript
  • PowerPoint
  • Prodigy
  • QuarkXPress
  • reboot, reformat
  • screen saver (two words)
  • spreadsheet
  • startup disk, startup screen
  • Sun SPARCstation
  • time-sharing
  • troubleshooting
  • Uniform Resource Locator (URL)
  • UNIX
  • UseNet
  • Web site
  • World Wide Web; Web; WWW
  • WordPerfect