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Software -- General Information

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Application Software

Application software programs work with the operating system software to help you use your computer to do specific types of work such as word processing to type a letter.

    1. Used by people to solve general problems
      • Can be used to do more than one thing - adapted to a wide variety of tasks
      • Some common tasks done by general purpose application software
        • Planning
        • Writing
        • Record keeping
        • Calculating
        • Communicating
        • Drawing
        • Painting
      • What can be done with general purpose application software is only limited by the imagination of the user.

    2. Examples of general purpose application software
      • Word Processing Software

      • Database Software

      • Spreadsheet Software

      • Desktop Publishing Software

      • Paint and Draw Software


Utilities allow you to complete certain tasks on your computer. Examples of some of these tasks are file organizations.

  • Specific purpose application software used to help a computer work better or to avoid problems.
  • Some utility programs are built into the operating system
    • Scandisk in the Windows operating system
    • Disk formatting software
  • Examples of utility programs
    • Anti-virus software
    • Disk maintenance software
  • File management programs
  • Security software


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