How to find out which programs are installed on your computer

How to find out which programs are installed on your computer

Do you have a lot of programs installed on your computer and need to find out which ones are running? You can use the Task Manager (taskmgr) to view all currently running programs.

This can be helpful when troubleshooting an issue with an application, or if you just want to get rid of an application that isn’t working anymore.

To open the Task Manager, press Ctrl + Shift + Esc on your keyboard or right-click on the taskbar and select Task Manager from the menu.

PC computers
If you’re using a PC, there are a few ways you can view what’s currently installed on your machine.

One way is to open the Control Panel and click on Uninstall a Program under the Programs heading.

This will open up a list of everything that’s currently installed on your system.


It might be helpful to search for an item in this list by pressing Ctrl+F (or Command+F if you’re on a Mac) and typing in what you want to find.

For example, if I wanted to see if Adobe Photoshop was installed, I would type photoshop into the search bar at the top of the window.

If it is installed, it should show up as one of the options in the list.


The other option is to look through your My Computer menu or This PC folder (Windows 7). Depending on how old your computer is, you may need to use Windows Explorer or Finder depending on what version of Windows you’re running.

You can usually tell which program file belongs to which program because they usually have a company name attached like .exe.

Mac computers
1. Open the Finder application.
2. In the Finder window, click on the Applications folder.

3. This will open a new window containing all of the applications installed on your computer.

4. If you want to see more information about a particular application, double-click on it and a new window will open with details such as size, version number, and when it was last modified. 5.


The top icon in this window is a magnifying glass; clicking on it will allow you to search for items in the list by name or by type. 6.

Windows computers: 1. Press Ctrl+Esc or F3 at any time to bring up the start menu, which includes an option for opening All Programs.

2. Clicking on this option will show a list of all currently installed programs, including those that are not available for use from the Start menu itself. 3.


To view more detailed information about a program, right-click on it and select Properties from the drop-down menu.

4. A new window will appear with information such as file size, last modification date, and installation date for that program.

5. Double-clicking on any listed item will launch the corresponding program.

Android phones
If you’re using an Android phone, there are a few different ways to see what apps you have installed.

You can view them in your app drawer, check them in your settings, or even view them on your home screen if you’ve made folders for them.

To view your apps in the app drawer, simply open up the drawer by swiping down from the top of your screen.

All of your apps should be there, in alphabetical order.

Clicking on any one will give you more information about it.

Your most recent apps will appear at the bottom of the list, but you can scroll through all of them to find whatever you need.

If you’re viewing your apps in settings, head into Apps and tap Downloaded. You’ll get a list of all the apps that were downloaded onto your device.

Scroll through this list and tap on any app that interests you for more information.

The app’s description is usually pretty informative, telling you what the program does and how to use it.

It might also include some notes about updates that might be necessary for the best experience with your device.

Be sure to explore each one thoroughly before deleting anything!
You can also view your apps on your home screen if you’ve created folder for them (hint: this is a good idea).


Tap on any folder icon and then go back so that all of your icons are visible again.

Tap on another folder icon to create another group – naming these groups after their functions is helpful!

iOS devices
If you’re using an iPhone, there’s a built-in way to view all the apps that are installed on your device.

Just go to Settings > General > About. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and you’ll see a list of all the apps that are installed on your iPhone.

To remove them, just swipe from left to right across the app name and tap Delete App.


You can also tap Report if you think something is unsafe or needs to be fixed.

And if it looks like this is too hard for you, don’t worry! We’ll show you how to back up and delete everything in iOS later in this guide.

For now, Android users will need to use another method. Try using Finder on your Mac to locate the .APK file for each program (you can do this by clicking here).


Then open iTunes and drag each file into iTunes’ window until they’ve all been added.

It might take a while depending on how many apps you have installed but once they’re finished loading click Sync Apps at the top of iTunes’ window

(to sync with your Android device) and then click Apply at the bottom right corner of iTunes’ window so that any changes are applied (don’t worry, no data will be lost!). All done!

Linux systems
On a Linux system, there are a few ways to find out what software is installed. The first way is to use the command line.

If you’re not sure how to do this, don’t worry- it’s easy! Just open up a terminal and type in the following command: dpkg –list.

This will give you a list of all of the software that is currently installed on your system.


You can also search for something specific by typing dpkg –search.

You can also view a list of just the programs that were installed from .deb packages with dpkg -l.

Windows systems: Windows 10 provides an interface for viewing what programs are installed on your computer.


In order to view this information, go to Settings -> System -> Apps & features.

From here, you’ll be able to see everything that has been installed or removed from your PC, as well as install new software.

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