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Top 3 Desktop Tools for Home Office or Personal Use


Our desktops, laptops and smart phones come with pre-installed programs when we buy them from the store. The basic programs or applications installed depend on the brand and the operating system of your chosen gadgets. These often include the standard office tools (i.e. Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint), online browser, security software such as Norton Antivirus, Symantec or McAfee, desktop utilities, and multimedia applications. You have the option to keep the pre-installed programs or install your own set of preferred applications in your gadgets. Here is a quick rundown of the top 3 desktop essentials that I chose to keep.

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1. Office tools. There are several versions of Microsoft Office Tools or Suites that you can have in your PC, the latest being the Office 2010 version for Windows and Office 2011 for Mac. Aside from standard Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook programs you can also install other tools like the Microsoft Access for database management needs, Adobe Photoshop or Picasa for photo editing needs, and Microsoft Publisher or Adobe PageMaker for business publishing needs.

2. Web Browser. The Microsoft Internet Explorer is also one of the commonly pre-installed programs in desktops. I use it as my default browser but I also installed Google Chrome and Firefox browser for faster or quicker access to other websites or applications. Google Chrome works faster than IE when it comes to accessing files from Google Drive and Firefox can speed things up in loading multimedia pages on your screen.

3. Anti-Virus Program. Choosing the right antivirus program is very important to secure your data and protect yourself against malicious software and hacking. Trial versions of Norton Antivirus and McAfee Antivirus are usually pre-installed in computers. This will allow you to test their products first and decide on whether you like to purchase it on a longer term or upgrade to their premium versions. Consider though the pros and cons of having a free antivirus software and the advantages of paying for it.

These are only three of the desktop essentials that I need to make sure that I can work on my office or business tasks efficiently. Other advanced programs which can be tailored to your work demands may also be installed or downloaded to your desktop. Just make sure that everything you download comes from a reliable source and thoroughly screened by your Antivirus and security programs.




  1. Too bad my office tools are incomplete and my anti virus is on trial for only 30 days πŸ™


    • Maybe you really need to invest on it. Specially if you are planning to use them in a long term basis.

  2. I totally agree with you. These are the top three things we need in our laptop to get our work done;) among the three, the most needed is the antivirus para iwas sa problemA;)

    • Yes anti virus is a must. But preventing the virus by not accessing or downloading suspicious websites or files are much better.

  3. My husband makes sure that I have all the desktop office tools that I need in running our business and in maintaining my blog.

    • Office tools and spreadsheets are a must for businesses. Nice to know you already have it all.

  4. The must have’s for every computer owners. Sadly, not all pc owners know this, especially the anti-virus program.

    • Very true. Sometimes, it’s nice to buy a complete package computer set including paid antivirus and programs as well.

  5. Those you mentioned are my essentials too. Good thing we have a very good antivirus program to ensure safety browsing πŸ™‚

    • When you say very good antivirus program, for sure its a paid one right?

  6. I got all that mention good thing we have someone who knows about electronics…

    • Yes, it was really a good thing when you got all the said tools and features above.

  7. those are definitely a must have tools when owning a computer. we want it to last and so we have to give a proper care to our compter, regardless if it’s desktop or not.

    • Yes, proper care and attention must be given. A regular physical clean up must also be taken.

  8. My former co employee is a computer technician,so I ask him to helped me and installed an antivirus for my laptop.He installed the Avira Anti Virus..Thanks to him.

    • Avira the free one? If you can get one, try to get the paid version. Much better.

  9. I panic if my pc won’t work coz I know that my husband cannot help me to fix it πŸ™ I have to make sure that for one I have a anti-virus, the mouse that works and of course the fast browser. These are very important tools that we have to put in our mind πŸ™‚

    • Seems like a lot of us tend to panic anytime something goes wrong with our computer. It’s a part of our daily lives.

  10. I am glad husband knows all about this! He maintain and fix if ever our computer have problems otherwise i am in complete mess when it comes to this, πŸ™‚

    • Really a good thing your hubby is a techie. Saves you from lots of headaches.

  11. thanks for sharing this great article…

    • Indeed it’s one of the best in here. Great tips.

  12. I use FF and Google Chrome too. And other than Antivirus, I also have System Mechanic installed that does PC total care – that includes cleanup, accelerator, repair, and speed optimizer. Been using the product for 4 years now and with System Mechanic, I know I have nothing to worry about.

    • Wow, that was a lot of tools. First time I heard of System Mechanic. Googling it now.

  13. I don’t have much knowledge on this..thanks to technicians ako lagi.. lol

    • Maybe you can try watching what technicians do whenever they try to fix things up so you can learn from it.

  14. Whenever I download new stuffs online, I always scan it first for potential virus. And to really make sure, I use a sandbox tool.

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