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Sunday, July 29, 2012

Tutorials for teachers - Learning about software programs and how to install them?

While I was taking the computer training session for my co-teachers, I noticed that teachers are enthusiastic about use of computers and internet. During online search for education materials, we need to save our documents, but often it becomes difficult to open that file.
What kind of files we need to open?
Mostly these files are in Word, PDF, PowerPoint, Zip, Rar format. So if your computer doesn't have specific software to open these files, you cannot get results from your search. I am listing here essential software programs which are helpful to open specific kind of files.

You don't need any software to open Microsoft Word or 'PowerPoint' files as your computer or laptop comes with 'Microsoft Office' installed in it.

What is a software?
Software is a collection of instructions that enables a user to interact with the computer or have the computer perform specific tasks for them. Without any software the computer would be useless. For example, you wouldn't be able to interact with the computer without a software operating system.

What is installation?
Wikipedia explains it: 'Installation (or setup) of a computer program (including device drivers and plugins), is the act of making the program ready for execution. Because the process varies for each program and each computer, programs (including operating systems) often come with an installer, a specialized program responsible for doing whatever is needed for their installation.'

How to install a software?
Locate either a setup or install file for a software program.
Double-clicking on this file should start the installation for the program, game, or utility. If you see multiple setups or install files, try to locate the Application file or double-click each of setup or install files until you find the file that starts the installation.
Many times the icons associated with the installation files have the same name.
For example I need to open a PDF file and first I need to install it.

PDF (Portable Document Format) files are created by Adobe Acrobat software and can be viewed with Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you do not already have this viewer configured on a local drive, you may download it at no cost from Adobe's Web site.
Note: My next tutorials will be Inshallah! about essential software programs. Stay connected and place your comments under this post. Don't forget to check the bottom 'Useful links' section as it helps you learn more about computers or internet.

Useful links:
'Computer Hope' is an online community where you can find useful basic knowledge about computers. You can ask your questions and find the answers there.
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