3 Essential software buys for teens

Teenagers typically spend incredible amounts of time on computers. To help her use her computer time wisely, load your teen’s desktop or laptop computer with fun software that helps her with school, encourages creativity and teaches new concepts. Here are a few suggestions.

1Microsoft Office 2010Microsoft Office 2010

Microsoft Office 2010 is a powerful suite of programs that can help your teen with everything from homework to budgeting to presentations with its easy-to-use, dynamic features. The Microsoft Office Home and Student 2010 version is ideal for both teenagers and parents. It includes Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote.

With its ready-made templates and creative effects, your child will be able to tackle homework projects with ease. Word and PowerPoint allow users to edit and enhance photos, while PowerPoint can be used also as a video editor.

Of course, Microsoft Word is an amazing word-processing program with which kids can type up all their homework assignments and more.

Excel is the most popular spreadsheet program in the world. It’s great for making charts, diagrams and graphs, particularly with the illustrative capabilities of its SmartArt graphics. And, of course, you can use Excel for your family budget, too.

Also, don’t overlook OneNote. With this program, your teen can create a digital notebook that can capture and share photos, audio, video and text in one location. You can try Microsoft Office 2010 for free for 60 days. Learn more about the software at Microsoft.com.

Learn more about the new capabilities of Microsoft Office 2010 in this video:

2Adobe PhotoshopAdobe Photoshop

Encourage your teenager’s creativity with Adobe Photoshop. This digital imaging software allows users to edit and enhance images, as well as draw, paint and create.

Over the years, Photoshop has become easier to use thanks to ongoing upgrades. Now, your teen can make quick image corrections, manage school projects, create 360-degree panoramas and use other advanced features with ease. Though many free image-editing software programs are available, nothing beats the dynamic capabilities of Photoshop. Also, check out the Adobe Photoshop Touch apps for the iPad for creating while on the go.

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Rosetta Stone

Rosetta Stone

One of the biggest advantages you can give your child is the ability to speak a foreign language fluently. If you are looking for the best language software, turn to Rosetta Stone.

Through its Dynamic Immersion, your teen can learn a new language quickly and effectively. Teens will learn naturally, stay motivated and speak confidently. Whether they choose Spanish, French or a more obscure language, teenagers (and adults) will master all the conversational skills necessary for traveling, or even moving, abroad.

Rosetta Stone offers a six month, no-risk, money-back guarantee on all CD-ROM product purchases from their website. Check out their interactive online demo to learn more about the software before you buy.

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