Suggested Software

Please note that I.V.C.C. is not responsible for any damages, issues, or problems resulting from installation of any software to a home computer.

The Student Help Desk staff does not provide technical support for installing or trouble shooting home computer problems.

Web Browsers


Fax Free Online

You may fax up to 3 pages with a cover page, five times a day with this service. It allows you to upload a word DOC or a PDF.


Spyware and Tracking Protection Software

 These two applications may be used safely in conjunction with each other.

AntiVirus Software

 It is recommended that you install only one anti-virus software package on your computer. When more than one is installed, competing software tends to render both packages ineffective.


Compression Software


If you are on a web site that requires a plug-in or offers a file stored in a PDF format, you can download the files from one of these sites. It is important to remember that if you install a newer version of a plug-in over an older one, some of your previously accessed media files may not work.


Office Viewers / Converters / Alternatives

Converters enable you to open files created by people using different versions of your Office programs.

Find the appropriate converter for the version of the Office program on your computer.



Viewers enable people who don't have Office programs to see your work. Simply provide them with the appropriate viewer along with your files.


LibreOffice is compatible with all other major office suites. It is currently loaded on all student computers in the Learning Commons.




  • Student Pricing for Microsoft Office 2010
    The Microsoft Student Store provides eligible higher education students with special pricing on academic products including Office and Office for Mac. The current price for Office Professional Academic 2010 is $99.95. The software includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, One Note, Publisher and Access.



Learning Commons - Student Help Desk
Illinois Valley Community College

Phone: 815-224-0318       Email: shd@ivcc.edu   
Web Page:  http://www.ivcc.edu/studenthelpdesk