How to Quickly Check if a Computer Program Has Been Installed
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How to Quickly Check if a Program Has Been Installed to and How to Uninstall a Program from your Microsoft’s Windows 10 Computer

 

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If you have downloaded a program onto your computer but never paid attention to where on your computer you have saved that program, you may have a hard time checking if this program has really been downloaded or launching the program to use, particularly if no shortcut has been placed on your desktop.

We will show you three quick ways to check if a program has been installed onto your computer. We will assume you are using Microsoft’s Window 10 version 1903, but the information here may be relevant to other versions of Windows.

Look up on the Windows Search Bar

Using the Windows search bar is probably the quickest way to look up a program. All you need to do is to click the Windows start button or simply write the name of the program in the search bar on your taskbar. Then the program will pop up.

How to Quickly Check if a Computer Program Has Been Installed

Open the C Drive

To open the C drive of your computer, you can click on the Start button on your taskbar and type “This PC” in the search bar:

How to Quickly Check if a Computer Program Has Been Installed

Upon clicking the “This PC”, you will be directed to a window where you will find all your drives.

How to Quickly Check if a Computer Program Has Been Installed

You need to double-click “Windows (C:)”, which is your C drive. The next window will be the folders in the C drive. If you are lucky, there might already be a folder for the program you are looking for.

How to Quickly Check if a Computer Program Has Been Installed

Otherwise, you will need to search the “Program Files” folders. If you do not want to manually search the folders, you can use the search bar on the upper right corner of the same window, and your computer will search for the program:

How to Quickly Check if a Computer Program Has Been Installed

Your program may be found before the search ends; if not, you can wait for the complete listing.

How to Quickly Check if a Computer Program Has Been Installed

Visit Control Panel

To open Control Panel, you can look it up on the Windows search bar on your taskbar.

How to Quickly Check if a Computer Program Has Been Installed

On the next window, you need to select “Programs”.

How to Quickly Check if a Computer Program Has Been Installed

Next, you need to select “Programs and Features”:

How to Quickly Check if a Computer Program Has Been Installed

In the next window, a list programs will appear. You can go through the list to find your program or you can look it up in the search bar at the upper right corner of the window.

How to Quickly Check if a Computer Program Has Been Installed

How to Uninstall a Program from your Windows 10 Computer

To uninstall a program from your computer, you can find a list of your programs through Control Panel, as explained here. Then you select the program from the list, and click “Uninstall” on top of the list of programs.

How to Quickly Check if a Computer Program Has Been Installed

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