Updated: 04/26/2017 by Computer Hope

A current may refer to any of the following:

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1. The flow of electrons through a circuit.

2. When referring to a location or reference point, current is the active or working location. For example, when at a Windows command-line prompt, if the prompt is "C:\Windows\System32>," System32 is your current directory and Windows is the parent directory.

3. A term used to describe how old or new a computer or computer product may be. In most situations, a computer that is less than a year old is considered a current computer.

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