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Chapter 11. Computer Software > Applications Software

Applications Software

In addition to your computer's operating system, there are many other software programs available for particular applications. These programs, often called applications software, are your primary tools in a business computing environment. They are designed to accomplish specific tasks or applications such as word processing, database management, or accounting.

Most applications software comes with reference manuals and even special templates for the keyboard. Some have online help and tutorials to help you learn how to use them. Most applications software is contained on a CD-ROM. If your computer is equipped with a hard drive, you install the applications software on your hard drive to make it easier and faster to access. To install, you copy the program from the CD to the hard drive. The exact way you install an application is discussed in the first few pages of the program's user manual. The installation process will allow you to customize the software to your particular computer configuration. In this way, the software will know what type of printer you are using, what type of monitor, and where you want to save the data files it creates.


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