Updated: 11/06/2021 by Computer Hope

Idle may refer to any of the following:

Idle in purple lettering.

1. Idle describes when something is operating but is not being used. For example, it is idle when your computer is on, but you are not doing anything with it. Today, when a computer or electronic device is idle for too long, it may go into an energy-conserving mode or standby to save power.

2. An idle process is any running process or program that uses computer resources but is not actively being utilized.

3. When referring to chat, an idle user (idler) refers to someone logged in but hasn't been actively chatting for several minutes. Often these are users who are away from their keyboard but want to view the conversations that took place while they were gone. In chat services like IRC that do not keep logs of everything being said, someone may remain idle 24/7 in IRC so they can see everything said.

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