16 Phrasal verbs Related to Technology and Computers
HI English learners. Welcome to a new lesson. We are going to look at 16 phrasal verbs related to technology and computers.
- Back up
- Hack into
- Hook up
- Key in
- Log in/on
- Log out
- Plug in
- Print out
- Run out of
- Scroll up/down
- Sign in/out
- Turn off/shut down
Meaning: to make a second copy of a document, programme, etc. to put it onto a memory stick or a cloud so you can have it if the main source fails.
- Mildred backed up her ebooks onto a memory stick in case her computer breaks down.
- It is always a good idea to back up your files onto a floppy disc or cloud in case you lose your computer.
Meaning: to enter someone’s computer or network illegally.
- Have you heard about a computer programmer who hacked into a bank database and transferred money into his bank account?
- My computer has been hacked into and now it’s full of viruses.
Meaning: to connect two pieces of electronic equipment (computer, printer, etc.) or to the electric supply system.
- Residents of the camp can hook up their laptops to the power supply in the main building.
- Brian hooked up the microphone to his computer for the party.
Meaning: to enter information into a computer using a keyboard.
- When doing an online test, you need to key in the answer in the box.
- Shall I key in my details at the bottom of the document?
Meaning: to begin using the computer system, by typing a password or performing some other action.
- Please, log in or register to watch your favourite movies and series.
- In order to use the website you need to log on first.
Meaning: to act such as clicking on a button or typing a password to finish using a computer system.
- Don’t forget to log out before you switch off the computer.
- After checking your online bank account, always log out.
Meaning: to connect a piece of electric or electronical equipment with electric supply or another piece of equipment.
- The mouse plugs in at the side of the computer.
- You can plug in your laptop on a power socket over there.
Meaning: to produce a document in printed paper form.
- How many copies do you want me to print out?
- We can use a computer to print out the school tests.
Run out of
Meaning: to use all supply of something so that you have none left.
- I need a new memory stick. I ran out of space on this one.
- The printer is running out of paper. Will you buy some?
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Meaning: to move text on the computer screen up or down.
- Scroll up to line 56.
- Scroll down to the bottom of the application form and press the button.
Meaning: to type your details so you can use a website or perform an action to leave it.
- You need to sign in to play the game.
- When using a public computer, remember to sign out before you leave.
Turn off/shut down
Meaning: to finish your doings on the computer.
- Sandra turned off the computer and left for work.
- My computer shuts down by itself 10 minutes after I stop using it.