What Version of Internet Explorer Do I Have?

How to Determine the Version of IE You Have Installed

Screenshot of the About Internet Explorer dialog box in Internet Explorer 11
IE Version Number on About Internet Explorer.

Do you know what version of Internet Explorer you have installed? Do you know why it's important to know what IE version you're using?

Knowing what version number of Internet Explorer you have is helpful so you don't waste your time updating if you don't need to.

It's also helpful to know what version of IE is installed on your computer so you know which tutorials to follow when you're trying to diagnose a problem, or maybe so you can communicate that version number to someone that's helping you solve a problem with IE.

What Version of Internet Explorer Do I Have?

There are two ways to check your Internet Explorer version number. The first is through Internet Explorer itself, and is much easier than the second method that uses the Command Prompt.

Using Internet Explorer

The easiest way to find out what version of IE you're using is to check the version number from the About Internet Explorer dialog:

  1. Open Internet Explorer.

    Note: If you're on Windows 10 and are actually looking for the version number of the Edge browser, see the paragraph at the very bottom of this page for instructions on doing that.
  2. Click or tap on the gear icon or hit the Alt+X keyboard shortcut.

    Note: Older versions of Internet Explorer, as well as newer versions of IE that are configured in a certain way, show a traditional menu instead. If so, click Help instead.
  3. Click or tap the About Internet Explorer menu item.
  4. The major version of IE, like Internet Explorer 11, or whatever it happens to be, is probably pretty apparent thanks to the big Internet Explorer logo that has the version appended.

    The complete version number of IE that you're running can be found next to the word Version: under the big Internet Explorer logo.

    With a Command Prompt Command

    Another method is to enter the following command in Command Prompt to check what Windows Registry says about the Internet Explorer version:

    reg query "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer" /v svcVersion

    The result should read something like this, where in this example, 11.483.15063.0 is the version number:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer
     svcVersion REG_SZ 11.483.15063.0

    Tip: See How to Open Command Prompt if you're not sure how to get there.

    Updating Internet Explorer

    Now that you know what version of Internet Explorer you have, you need to determine if updating IE is the next step.

    See How Do I Update Internet Explorer? for more on this, including information on the latest version of IE, which versions of Windows support which versions of Internet Explorer, and much more.

    Internet Explorer isn't just a browser, it's also the way in which Windows itself communicates with the internet to, for example, download patches to be installed via Windows Update.

    Keeping IE updated is important, then, even if you don't use it to surf the web.

    Can't Figure out What Version of Internet Explorer You're Using?

    See Get More Help for information about contacting me on social networks or via email, posting on tech support forums, and more. Let me know exactly what you've tried so far, what operating system you're using, what version of IE you think you might have (if you have any clue at all), as well as anything else that might be helpful.

    Remember that Microsoft Edge is not the same as Internet Explorer.

    To check the version number of Edge, open the menu at the top right of the program and choose Settings. From there, scroll down to the very bottom and look for the version number in the "About this app" section.