Computers save us a lot of work—and a lot of time. The processor of the computer follows step-by-step instructions-exactly and quickly. This series of steps is called a program. A program might be thousands of steps long, but the processor can run the program in less than a second.

The program is stored in the computer’s memory. It is stored as a series of 1’s and 0’s. This is called a digital code. Sometimes the code is stored on a CD-ROM or inside the computer on the hard drive. But the computer finds it when it needs it.

When you have finished a report, you tell the computer to print it. The computer sends the digital code to the printer. The printer has a microprocessor that changes the code into letters—so you and your teacher can read it.

Laser printers are the fastest printers. A beam of laser light makes an electrically charged image on a rotating, cylinder. The charged areas attract powdered or liquid ink called toner, onto the cylinder. The cylinder transfers the toner with the image onto the paper. The paper then passes through fuser rollers. These rollers seal the toner to the page so it doesn’t smear.


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