How to find out what version of Word you have

Microsoft Word exists in many different versions. Sometimes you need to know what Word version you have installed. For example, you may find add-ins on this site that are relevant only for specific versions of Word.

The information below will help you find out what version you have.

Latest updated 23-Apr-2020: Updated to match changed Microsoft product names. New section added about detecting Word version from information in splash screen.

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NOTE – Microsoft has changed product names as of April 21, 2020
Office 365 has been renamed to Microsoft 365.
Correspondingly, Word for Office 365 has been renamed to Word for Microsoft 365.

You may not see the name change immediately. It may first appear after an update.

How to detect the version of Word just by looking at the Word window

Word version – Word for Microsoft 365 – no color behind tabs – selected tab is underscored

Word version – Word for Microsoft 365 – no color behind tabs – selected tab is underscored

Word version – Word 2019 – 3D Models is new in Word 2019

Word version – Word 2019 – 3D Models is new in Word 2019

Word version – Word 2016 – Help added to Title bar

Word version – Word 2016 and newer – Help added to Title bar

Word for Microsoft 365, Word 2016, Word 2019

There are only a few visible differences between Word 2016 and Word 2019.

All three versions have File tab

All three versions have Tell me what you want to do... help in the ribbon. However, the Ribbon in Word for Microsoft 365 now looks different, without color behind tabs and with the selected tab underscored.

Word 2019 has a new command, 3D Models, on the Insert tab. It is not found in Word 2016.

Word for Microsoft 365 is the version you have if you have Microsoft 365 installed. With Microsoft 365 you will automatically have the latest Word version. However, you may have the version updated with a delay depending on which Channel you are on, i.e. how often your Microsoft 365 is updated (Monthly Channel, Semi-Annual Channel).

Word version – Word 2013 – tab names in uppercase

Word version – Word 2013 – tab names in uppercase

Word 2013

Has FILE tab

Has ribbon with HOME, INSERT, PAGE LAYOUT, etc.

Names of tabs are in UPPERCASE

Word version – Word 2010 – tab names in Title Case

Word version – Word 2010 – tab names in Title Case

Word 2010

Has File tab

Has ribbon with Home, Insert, Page Layout, etc.

Does not have Tell me what you want to do... help in the ribbon

Word version – Word 2007 – Office button

Word version – Word 2007 – Office button

Word 2007

Has Office button

Has ribbon with Home, Insert, Page Layout, etc.


Word version – Word 2003 – Menu bar with Help menu

Word version – Word 2003 – Menu bar with Help menu

Word 2003 or earlier version

Has menu bar with Help menu

Menu bar includes File, Edit, View, etc.

How to find more details about your Word version – version number and 32-bit / 64-bit information

Once you know which version of Word you have, you can find more details about the specific version by following the relevant information below.

Word for Microsoft 365
Word 2019
Word 2016
Word 2013

Select File > Account category (left side of dialog box). You will now see the version number in the right side of the dialog box. See the examples below.

Word 2013

Word 2013 version details

Word 2013 version details

Word 2019

Word 2019 version details

Word 2019 version details

Word 2010

Select File tab > Help category (left side of dialog box). You will now see the version number and more information in the right side of the dialog box.

Note that Microsoft Office 2010 exists in both a 32-bit version and a 64-bit version. The illustration below is from a 32-bit version. You will see that information at the end of the version number. See more about 32-bit and 64-bit versions.