Computer Software

Software refers to the programs your computer uses to perform the actions you want it to. Learn all about computer software, from Web browsers to the latest operating systems, with our explanations, reviews, videos and prices.

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You love your Chrome browser bookmarks but your computer is on the verge of dying. Is there any way you can save them so they appear on your new computer?

By Jeremy Glass

Want to take a music video from YouTube and make it an audio file you can hear on the go? There's an app (or several apps) for that.

By Chris Pollette

What operating system are you running these days? Windows 7? Windows 8? Windows 10? We'll show you how to quickly find out.

By Andrew Silver

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Is your computer achingly inept these days? Doing a factory reset of Windows 10 might get it humming smoothly again if you can set aside a few hours.

By Andrew Silver

Python is a programming language even novices can learn easily because it uses a syntax similar to English. And it has a wide variety of applications.

By Chris Pollette

You want to share what's on your screen with someone on email or through social media. But how do you do it? Microsoft Windows has several easy ways.

By Chris Pollette

Device Manager is a central hub that lets you configure every component of your Windows operating system on your computer. Here's how to use it.

By Nathan Chandler

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Uninstalling programs from Microsoft Windows is pretty easy once you know which version you're using.

By Chris Pollette

Ever wonder where you'd end up if you dug straight down through the earth? Wonder no more — there's a map for that!

By Jesslyn Shields

Google Confidential Mode allows users to set a detonation date that makes sent emails disappear.

By Chris Opfer

While Microsoft will stop providing support for Paint, and won't bundle it in the new Windows OS, a 3-D version will exist and the classic app will remain available for download.

By Jonathan Strickland

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It has a few other default settings that some users may take issue with, too.

By Jonathan Strickland

Dating apps are becoming the new normal when it comes to meeting romantic partners. But how are they really affecting human psychology and even things like politics?

By Bernadette Johnson

The new Discover Weekly playlist feature may know you better than do your friends, relatives... and even better than you know yourself.

By Chris Opfer

Apps that augment the coloring book experience may revolutionize how we put crayon to paper.

By Laurie L. Dove

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Do androids dream of electric sheep? Google's Deep Dream certainly conjures up plenty of animal imagery. But is this really AI, and why does it all look so trippy?

By Nathan Chandler

Even beloved games aren't supported forever. What happens to the titles that are no longer getting official love from their creators? Can fans still find and play them?

By Bernadette Johnson

The cloud removes the need to be tethered to a single device when storing and working with data, but it's not without its pitfalls. Here are five things that could slow down your ability to get at your files -- or cut you off completely.

By Bernadette Johnson

You want your e-mail, streaming video and social media content, and you want it now. And tomorrow, you'll want more. How do data centers handle the ever-increasing demands of our perpetually plugged-in world?

By Bernadette Johnson

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It's vast. It's handy. And it's about time you took advantage of it, perhaps even more than you already do during your daily computing adventures.

By William Harris

You may think you got rid of your personal data before you donated your old computer, but how can you be sure without smashing your hard drive? We'll show you how.

By Patrick J. Kiger

A service that lets you access your files anywhere, anytime and with any device you like, as long as you're connected to the Internet, sounds good right? After all, this is why we invented the Internet: to get, share and collaborate on information.

By Nicholas Gerbis

You may like to think you're the only one with access to your personal medical records, but you're not. Within the guidelines of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, how do healthcare entities protect your data?

By Maria Trimarchi

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Are you constantly surprised by overage charges from your smartphone or tablet data provider? Here are some easy ways to check on your overage and put a limit in place.

By Laurie L. Dove

As programming languages go, JavaScript is average difficulty. Learn what Javascript is and how to build calculators with it.