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the steps necessary to complete a task

productivity software

refers to word processing, spreadsheets, and database applications

software suite

related software packages bundled together. i.e. microsoft office suite


software application used in business to help several people collaborate

system software

helps your computer carry out basic functions

operating system

master controller for all computer activities


creations of electronic worksheets using rows and columns

presentation software

electronic slides with text, graphics, etc. i.e. powerpoint

database software

helps you enter, find, organize, update, and report info. i.e. access


collection of data stored in 1 or more computers


row of info


column of info

relational database

records grouped together by common characteristics

graphics software

designed to help you create, manipulate, and print graphics

educational software

helps you learn and practice new skills

utility software

includes programs to optimize computes performance, protect data, and fasciliatate communication.

application software

used to help carry out tasks such as creating documents, tracking finances, and editing photos

Graphical interface user (GUI)

the "point and click" (mouse)

windows registry

keeps track of software added or removed

setup program

program that guides you through installation

software activation

way of protecting software from illegal copying by requiring users to enter a product key or code before use

software patch

small section of program codes that replaces a part of the software that is currently installed

services pack

set of patches that correct problems and address security vulnerabilities

uninstall software

removes specific program files from the hard disk drive and updates windows registry


type of software licensed for free, but only during a period trial, which after user must purchase


copyrighted software available for free

web application

software accessible with a web browser

automatic update

features period checks for updates to computer, and installs automatically.


legal protection

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