There are three types of software available to you on the Student Desktop:

1. Default Software

A range of general software is provided to all students by default. Below is the list of software available through the Start Menu on the Windows Student Desktop:

  • 7-Zip
  • Adobe Reader XI
  • Audacity
  • Calculator
  • Chrome
  • EndNote
  • Graphics
    • Inkscape
  • Internet Explorer
  • MATLAB 2018A
  • Microsoft Office 2013
    • Access 2013
    • Excel 2013
    • OneNote 2013
    • Powerpoint 2013
    • Publisher 2013
    • Word 2013
  • OpenOffice 4.1.0
    • OpenOffice Base
    • OpenOffice Calc
    • OpenOffice Draw
    • OpenOffice Impress
    • OpenOffice Math
    • OpenOffice Writer
  • Paint
  • Photo Gallery
  • R Project
  • R
    • R
    • RStudio
  • Read & Write aka Text Reader (Type Read in the Start menu box)
  • Remote Desktop Connection
  • Snipping Tool
  • Sound Recorder
  • SPSS Statistics 23
  • TextHelp (Type Read in the Start menu box)
  • VLC
  • Windows Media Player
  • Wordpad

To find a piece of software:

  1. Press the Windows key or open the Start Menu
  2. Type the name of the software in the Search box or browse All Programs

Accessing the default software on the Student or Staff Desktop

2. Course-specific Software

If your course requires specific software, it will be made available to you on the Student Desktop. To access it:

  • Go to the Start Menu > All Programs > Course Specific Software or...
  • press the Windows key (or open the Start Menu) then type the name of the software in the Search box

3. Software Available on Request

A specific list of software is available on request:

Other Software Requirements

If you are a staff member and you need access to any software not already installed on your Staff Desktop or you need to add additional software on Student Desktop for your course, complete the Managed Staff & Student Desktop Software Request online form:

If you are a student and the software application you need for your study or research is not on the list, complete the Student Managed Desktop - Software Installation (Student Request) online form:

If you think you should have access to a particular application for your course but you can't find it in Student Desktop/Staff Desktop, contact AskOtago:

Tel +64 3 479 7000 or 0800 80 80 98

Last updated 08/08/2019 02.06 PM
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