New To Computer

Dear Computer Lady,

I’m new to this computer stuff.

I would like to find out what is an icon, what is a cookie, URL, what does default mean?

How can I educate myself?

Hope u can steer me.

thanks, Margaret

Dear Margaret,

An icon is a symbol on your computer. A good example is the little picture of the trash can on your computer. It is an icon that leads to your trash when you double click on it. Another icon example is the blue e which leads to Internet Explorer.

A cookie is a small text file that helps websites remember your settings. You really don’t need to worry about cookies, and you will not see them in your normal computer usage.

A URL (Uniform Resource Locator) is a unique address for a file on the internet. For example, if you want to go to Google, you could type in their URL ( to get to their website.

Default means the choice that is made if you don’t specify a different choice. A good example would be if you have several printers hooked up to your computer. One printer is set as the default printer. When you click print, the default printer is automatically chosen, and unless you select a different one, your document will print on the default printer.

A good place to start learning about your computer (besides my website at is actually a Goodwill Community Foundation site at:

Hope this helps you get started.



It’s Your Turn: What do you think?
…. Share your experience in the comments box below.

Elizabeth Boston is a Web designer, Social Media Consultant and managing editor of, “Ask The Computer Lady”.
Connect with


Previous Post

Windows 8 Start Menu Apps

Next Post

Printer Goes Offline

Leave a Reply