Simple Steps to See Which Version of Microsoft Office You Have

Find the information you need to keep Office running smoothly

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You may use Microsoft's office software programs daily, but that doesn't mean you know which version, service pack, and bit version you are running. Follow the steps below to find which version you have as well as related details, such as which bit version you run (32-bit or 64-bit) or the latest service pack that's been applied to your installation.

When This Level of Program Detail Comes in Handy

Advantages to knowing which version of Microsoft Office you are using include:

  • Staying protected from attacks by using the most updated version available from Microsoft.
  • Staying updated on bug fixes to avoid unnecessary inconveniences while working on a project.
  • Avoiding document or data loss when crashes occur.

Your version may also correlate to additional tools. For example, when you check out Microsoft templates, only some may be compatible with your version. Certain add-ins may only work with specific versions. It also may be useful information when collaborating and sharing files with others who might use a different version of Office than you do.

Here's How to Find Your Microsoft Office Version

  1. Select File or the Office Button - Help. Search for 'What version of Microsoft Office am I using?'. This should return an article with pictures and directions for more detailed information about your installation of Microsoft Office, including which bit version you are running. Easy! 

  2. After opening the program, select Help (select the File or Office button in the upper left then Help; or, select the small question mark in the upper right of your screen) then select About Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc. to display a dialog box with information about which version you are using.

  3. In newer versions, you may not see the 'About Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.' link to click on. Instead, in the Help Search Box, type 'About Microsoft Excel', 'What Version of Office Am I Using?', or even 'Am I running 32-bit or 64-bit Office?' if you need that level of detail.

This is a nice route to go in because you can also see things like Service Pack version or level, Product ID or User License information. Please note that in some versions you may need to also click the Additional Version and Copyright Information link to reveal which Service Pack is installed.

Find out more about the latest Microsoft Service Pack. Or, if you already understand that, look for which Microsoft Office, Windows, or Windows Service Pack you have installed. In Windows, you can find this by clicking Start - In the Search box type 'System' - Select the result under Control Panel.

Things could get a bit trickier for later versions of Office or Office 365 regarding which Service Pack you are using. When the number behind 'MSO' is 15.0.4569.1506 or higher, then you have Service Pack 1 installed (as an example for Office 2013). Thankfully, it is not all that difficult to get updated or even automate the process so you do not have to keep such a close eye on your software.

You can also find out how Office was installed, which may be important to know for certain troubleshooting tasks. In a program, select File - Account. If you see Update Options, your version was installed with the newer Click-to-Run installation method. If you do not see Update Options, you likely used a traditional MSI (Windows Installer Package) installation method.