Utilities (singular: utility) are computer programmes which, unlike application programmes, do not assist you in productivity as a primary purpose. They exist to accomplish tasks one would never do if a computer was never used.
Examples of utilities include:
- Backup programmes, such as Retrospect and Apple Backup. These utilities help you make a safe, backup copy of one or more documents or folders.
- Document undeleters, such as Norton Undelete, which can help you get some files you deleted back.
- Volume repair programmes, such as Disk First Aid and DiskWarrior, which fix broken or ailing volumes, such as diskettes and hard drives.