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Doing several different tasks at the same time on one computer. This should not be confused with Task Switching. In task switching, the computer jumps from one task to another, typically in response to a command from you, the user. For example, in task switching, you might temporarily stop your word processing, jump into your communications package, dial up a database, grab some information, then jump back into your word processor and put that new information into the document you're word processing. However, in true multi-tasking, you could have told Your computer to dial the database, grab the information and alert you when it had grabbed the material. At that point you could have included it in your document. But in the meantime, you could have been happily doing word processing.