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Computer Software. Objective 2.02: Understand computer performance and features. What are the functions and components of operating systems and programs?. Essential Question:. Software – the instructions that tell the computer what to do; programs of the computer system.

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Computer software

Computer Software

Objective 2.02: Understand computer performance and features


Essential question

  • What are the functions and components of operating systems and programs?

Essential Question:


Computer components software

  • Software – the instructions that tell the computer what to do; programs of the computer system

Computer Components: Software


System software

  • Also known as the operating system (OS)

  • Sets the rules for how the hardware and software work together

  • Controls the operations of the computer system

    • Booting (starting up) the computer

    • Files stored on the hard drive

  • Examples:

    • Windows (2000, XP, Vista)

    • Mac

    • Linux

System Software


Application software

  • Software that works with the operating system to meet a specific need or perform a specific task

  • Examples:

    • MS Word

    • MS Excel

    • MS PowerPoint

    • MicroType

    • Internet Explorer

Application Software


Types of application software

  • Word Processing - allows you to create, edit, and print text documents

    • Letters

    • Reports

  • Spreadsheet – used to organize information and perform calculations

    • Electronic gradebook

    • Electronic checkbook

  • Database – allows you to create an electronic filing system

    • Electronic card catalog

    • Electronic address book

Types of Application Software


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