Computer terminology in German

Traveling to Germany during the digital age means that you will not only need to know German words to use in a restaurant or hotel but computer terms in German and technology.

Welcome to the office! In today's global Wirtschaft (global economy), you may find yourself transferred to Übersee (an external site). If this site is in a German-speaking country such as Deutschland (Germany), Österreich (Austria) or parts of die Schweiz (Switzerland), it is useful to know some basic German terms and expressions.

This lesson will look at the German technology vocabulary associated with the fields of Büro (Office), Elektronik (electronics) and Rechner (computer). Let's look at the vocabulary tables for each of these areas.

Computer terminology in German
Computer terminology in German

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Expression of computer in German

German words related to computers

Learn about common computer terms in German. The words are in alphabetical order.

  • Address book (e-mail). s Adressbuch
  • Answer and reply (computer) e Antwort,AW email shortcut
  • Tag "at" [@]r Klammeraffe , s At-Zeichen
  • Attachment (email) r Anhang, s Attachment
  • Return, previous (step, page) zurück
  • Bookmark s, s Lesezeichen
  • Browser r Browser
  • Error (in the program, etc.)r bug
  • Cancellation (process)(eine Aktion) abbrechen
  • caps lock e Feststelltaste
  • Check the emaildie E-Mail abrufen
  • Compose (e-mail message)(eine Mail) schreiben
  • R Computer, R Rechner
  • Contact r Anschluss, e Verbindung
  • Continue (to the next step, page) weiter
  • Return, return (to) zurück
  • Copies Kopie 
  • Cut and paste ausschneiden (und einfügen)
  • Data e Daten (pl.)
  • Delete (v.) löschen, entfernen
  • Download (name) r download, (pl.) die Downloads, e Übertragung (email)
  • Download (v.) 'runterladen, herunterladen, downloaden, übertragen (email)
  • Draft (email) (name) r Entwurf
  • Drag (to) (v.) ziehen (auf)
  • Emails (n., pl.) die Mails (pl.), die Benachrichtigungen (pl.)
  • Email Box, Email Box, P.O. Box (Name) r Postkasten, Email Box
  • Inside the box (name) r Eingang, r Posteingang
  • Outer box (name) r Ausgang, r Postausgang
  • Enter (name, search term) (v.) (Namen, Suchbegriff) eingeben, eintragen
  • Input/Return key e Eingabetaste
  • Error r FehlerError Message e Fehlermeldung
  • Key Escape e Escapetaste
  • folder, file folder r ordner, s verzeichnis
  • Folder (directory) List e Ordnerliste, e Verzeichnisliste
  • hack (n.) r hack
  • Hyperlink, Querverweis r link, r link, r/s hyperlink
  • image s Bild (-er)
  • In the box (e-mail) r Posteingang
  • Install (v.) installieren
  • Help e Anleitungen, e AnweisungenFollow the instructions on the screen. Befolgen Sie die Anweisungen auf dem Bildschirm.
  • Insufficient memory ungenügender Speicher, nicht genüg Speicher (kapazität)
  • Internet s Internet
  • ISP, Internet Service Provider r Provider, der ISP, R Anbieter
  • Junk mail, spam dies Werbemail(pl.)
  • Key (on the keyboard) e taste
  • Keyboard e Tastatur
  • Laptop r Laptop, s Notebook (German terms r Schoßrechner or Tragrechner are rarely used.)
  • Login/Login (v.) einloggenIt logs in a loggt einIt cannot log in sie kann nicht einloggen
  • Check-out/checkout (v.) ausloggen, abmelden
  • Link (name) r Querverweis, r/s link
  • link (v.) verweisen (auf) accus., einen Link angeben
  • Linking, combining and merging verknüpfen
  • Mailing list e Mailingliste
  • Mark (as read) v. (als gelesen) markieren
  • Memory (RAM) r Arbeitsspeicher, r SpeicherAmount of memory e Speicherkapazität Insufficient memory ungenügender Speicher There is not enough memory to load the image nicht genug speicher
    , um Bild zu laden
  • Menu (computer) s Menümenu bar / menu bar e Menüzeile / e Menüleiste
  • message (email) e Nachricht, email (eine Mail)Emails die Mails (pl.) Unread ungelesene Mails (pl.)
  • Message (notification) e Meldung(-en) Message window s Meldungsfenster
  • Mouse (mice) and mouse (Muse) Press mouse r Mausklick mouse pad e Mausmatte
  • Right/left mouse button rechte/linke Maustaste
  • Connected to the network via the Internet, angeschlossen, verbunden
  • Open in a new window in neuem Fenster öffnen
  • Betriebssystems Operating System (Mac OS X, Windows XP, etc.)
  • Page up / down (key) Bild nach oben / unten (e Taste)
  • Password s Passwort, s Kennwort
  • Password protection r Passwortschutz
  • Password required Passwort erforderlich
  • Paste (cut and paste) einfügen (ausschneiden und einfügen)
  • Post (v.) eine Nachricht senden / eintragen
  • Post a new message neue Nachricht, neuer Beitrag/Eintrag
  • Power button (on/off) e Netztaste
  • Power cord s Netzkabel
  • Press (key) (v.) drücken auf
  • Previous – Next zurück – Weiter
  • Previous settings vorherige Einstellungen (pl.)
  • Print cartridge(s) e Druckpatrone (n), e Druckerpatrone(n), e Druckkopfpatrone(n)
  • Replay (program) neu starten
  • Return/Enter key e Eingabetaste
  • Screen (Monitor) Y Bildshire
  • Scrolling (v.) blättern
  • Search (v) like
  • Search engine e Suchmaschine
  • Research Form e Suchmaske
  • Einstellungen Die Settings (Pl.)
  • Key Shift e Umschalttaste
  • abbreviation s Schnellverfahren, r abbreviation
  • As an abbreviation im Schnellverfahren
  • Close, close (application) beenden
  • Shutdown (computer) herunterfahren (… und ausschalten)

Names of keyboard codes in German

Names of keyboard codes in GermanTranslation
Steuerung (Strg)Ctrl (Control)
Alternative Grafik (Alt Gr)Alt Gr
Einfügen (Einfg)Insert (Ins)
Entfernen (Entf)Delete (Del)
Bild auf/Bild nach oben (Bild↑)Page Up (PgUp)
Bild ab/Bild nach unten (Bild↓)Page Down (PgDn)
Position eins (Pos1)Home ("Position one")
Ende (Ende)End (end)
Drucken / Systemabfrage (Druck/S-Abf)Print Screen
RollenScroll Lock ("to roll")
Pause/Unterbrechen (Pause/Untbr)Pause
Names of keyboard codes in German

German Bank Terminology

A paragraph about the computer in German

A paragraph about the computer in German

Some words are fixed pseudonyms from English that are mostly used in an untranslated form:

  • Computer, but sometimes we use "Rechner".
  • Internet
  • Hardware
  • Software
  • Smartphone: But be careful not to confuse this with Handy.
  • Handy is a German word that sounds like it is possible to be English, but in German, Handy is a cell phone.

Here are some other words (names), but they should be attached to the German word "Artikel (der/die/das)":

  • der) Browser
  • (die) E-mail
  • (die) Cloud

Source

English German Glossary of Computer and Internet Terms

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