A tag is a keyword or label that categorizes your question with other, similar questions.
A family of Unix-like operating systems using the Linux kernel. If your question is about a certain distribution only, use a more specific tag.
For questions not specific to a single version of Microsoft Windows. Otherwise, use a more specific tag such as [windows-7], [windows-10] or [windows-11].
For questions specific to Windows 7. Use [windows] instead for questions involving Windows in general.
For questions specific to Windows 10. Use [windows] instead for questions involving Windows in general.
For questions on connecting devices together so that they can communicate with each other, as well as questions on networking equipment such as routers and switches.
A spreadsheet application by Microsoft. Use this tag along with [vba] if your question involves programming Excel in VBA, and with [worksheet-function] if it involves an Excel formula or worksheet function. Also add the the specific version tag (e.g. [microsoft-excel-2019] or [microsoft-excel-365]) as features and functions may vary between them.
Apple's Unix-based operating system. Use for questions about the operating system or to provide OS context. For Mac hardware questions, use [mac]. Questions about using macOS on non-Apple hardware ("Hackintosh"), are off-topic.
Free, open-source operating system based on Debian GNU/Linux. Ubuntu questions are on topic here, but if you prefer an Ubuntu-only audience there is Ask Ubuntu (https://askubuntu.com/).
A hard disk drive (or HDD) is a non-volatile, random access device for storing digital data.
Also known as WiFi. This tag should be used when asking home WiFi networking questions or connecting your personal computer to a public network. Questions about enterprise or corporate wireless networks are off topic.
An interface for interacting with a computer using typed commands in a text-oriented environment, as opposed to a graphical user interface (GUI).
The process and events beginning with power being supplied to the processor and ending with the operating system fully loaded and ready for use. Questions about specific parts of the boot process should be tagged with, e.g. [bios].
Bash is a free shell for Unix-like operating systems from the GNU Project.
Google's web browser available on both mobile and desktop platforms.
A router is a device that forwards data packets across multiple networks. Questions tagged with router can cover router hardware, software, and network configuration.
For questions specific to Windows 8. Use [windows] instead for questions involving Windows in general.
Secure Shell; a network protocol that allows data transfer over a secure channel between two networked devices.
Hardware related questions of computers sold/made by Apple. Use [macos] for the operating system, and use [mac-address] for MAC addresses instead.
For questions specific to Windows XP. Use [windows] instead for questions involving Windows in general.
An open-source web browser developed by Mozilla. If relevant to the question, also include the tag of your operating system.
Universal Serial Bus; an interface standard for connecting computers and electronic devices for communication and charging.
Laptops (also called notebooks) are portable personal computers with an integrated screen and keyboard. They come in a variety of sizes.
Questions about using in-cell functions/formulas in spreadsheet software.
Always use the version specific tag for your version of Microsoft Word unless asking a general non-version specific question.
VirtualBox is a free, open source virtualization program from Oracle for the x86/x86_64 architectures.
When you create two or more logical volumes (drives) from one physical hard disk (or other storage device), you're working with partitions.
For questions about the recording and playback of speech and music on your computer, as well as for problems about the sound component of videos.
Media tool with support for multiple codecs, filters, and containers. Include your actual command and the complete console output when asking questions involving FFmpeg tools. An easy way to do this is by adding `-report` to your command and pasting the contents of the logfile generated. For help with CLI use only of ff* binaries - ffmpeg, ffprobe, ffplay. For help with API usage, post on Stack Overflow.
RAM (random access memory), either RAM hardware or software and operating system use of RAM.
Drivers are the middleware that allow computer programs to use resources of a specific hardware device.
Solid-state drive; a device that uses solid-state memory to persistently store data, often as a replacement for a traditional hard drive. Because SSDs do not use mechanical seeking to access data, they can provide much higher performance than hard drives especially with random I/O operations.
Questions about video editing, streaming, conversion, capturing or video output. Use a more specific tag if possible.
Debian GNU/Linux is a widespread Linux distribution focusing on stability, security, and the free software philosophy.
Email clients and mail transfer agents. Questions about webmail are off-topic.
Email client, calendar/appointment manager and address book/contacts list software. Not to be confused with outlook.com, the new name/interface for Hotmail.
Windows PowerShell is a command line shell and scripting language for Windows that supersedes the CMD.exe shell and batch language. PowerShell is also an automation engine for Windows that provides functionality similar to Windows Script Host and VBScript.