English Phrasal Verbs: Computers:
Starting and finishing:
- Connect up: to join something (e.g. telephone, computer) to the main supply of power or to the main system.
- Boot up: if a computer boots up, or if someone boots a computer up, it is turned on so that it is ready to use.
- Power up: (American) , if a computer powers up, or if someone powers a computer up, it is turned on so that it is ready to use.
- Switch on: to turn on an electrical device by using a switch.
- Switch off: to turn off an electrical device by using a switch.
- Log in/ into
Log on / onto: to put your name into a computer so that you can start using it.
- Log off: to finish using a computer system.
- Shut down: if a machine shuts down, or someone shuts it down, it stops operating.
Working on the computer
- Key in / into
Type in / into : to put information into a computer using a keyboard.
- Type out/up: to produce a copy of something you have written by typing it into a computer or by using a typewriter.
- Back up: to make a copy of computer information so that you do not lose it.
- Print out: to produce a printed copy of a document that has been written on a computer.
- Hack into: to get into someone else’s computer system without permission in order to look at information or do something illegal.
- Go down: if a computer goes down, it stops working.
- Wipe out: to remove information stored on part of a computer (esp. memory, hard disk).
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