Internet for Beginners/meaning of default


i am teaching my sister about computers.  the word
default comes up a million times like  default browser,
default printer, select the default when installing
software.  i look up in a dictionary but it is
not close to how  it is related to computer terms.

i try to explain but i am not good at explaining the

thank you

vince vachon

Hi Vince,

It's the same meaning as in every day use. Like by default, a team will forfeit the game if they are found cheating.

If that still doesn't explain it to her, then I guess it can mean automatic or first choice if you want to look at it that way. So for the default browser, it's like the first choice out of all your browsers.


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