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.

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

Word 2016 - detect version via the Word window

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Word for Office 365, Word 2016, Word 2019

There are only 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

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

Word for Office 365 is the version you have if you have Office 365 installed. With Office 365 you will automatically have the latest Word version so you can expect Word for Office 365 to look like Word 2019. However, you may have the Office version updated with a delay depending on which Channel you are on, i.e. how often your Office 365 is updated (Monthly Channel, Semi-Annual Channel).

Word 2013 - detect version via the Word window

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Word 2013

Has FILE tab

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

Names of tabs are in UPPERCASE

Word 2010 - detect version via the Word window

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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 2007 - detect version via the Word window

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Word 2007

Has Office button

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


Word 2003 - detect version via the Word window

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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 Office 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

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Word 2019

Word 2019 version details

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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 of Office.

Word 2010 version details

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Word 2007

Select Office button > Word Options Resources category (left side of dialog box). You will now see the version number in the bottom right of the dialog box. Click the About button next to the version information to open a dialog box with more details.

Word 2007 version details

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Word 2003 or earlier

Select Help menu > About Microsoft Office Word. You will see the version information in top of the dialog box that opens.

The illustration below tells it is Word 2003. If you have e.g. Word 2002 or Word 2000, you will see that.

Word 2003 version details

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How to find more details about Word versions and version numbers

We talk about e.g. Word 2010 or Word 2016. Each version of Word has a version number that used to be unique. However, with the launch of Office 2019 in October 2018, this is not exactly true anymore: Word 2016, Word 2019 and Word for Office 365 share the same number!

In the illustrations above for Word 2010, Word 2007 and Word 2003, you see a long number, e.g. 14.0.7116.5000 for Word 2010. The leftmost part of the long number (here 14) is the version number for the Word version.

In case of Word 2013, Word 2016 and Word 2019, you must select File Account category and click the About Word button to see the corresponding number. It is shown in top of the dialog box that opens.

Below are illustrations from Word 2016, Word 2019 and Word for Office 365. As you can see, all three versions have number 16.0 which can lead to a lot of confusion. In this case, all the three Word versions from which I made the illustrations even have the entire long number in common:

Word 2016 has number 16.0

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Word 2019 has number 16.0

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Word for Office 365 has number 16.0

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The number must be used e.g. in macros.

The last two groups of digits in the long number contains information about which updates have been installed.

For Word 2003, you also see SP3 after the version number. It tells that Service Pack 3 has been installed.

Overview of the Word numbers

Which version

Word 2000

​Word 2002

​Word 2003

Word 2007

Word 2010​

Word 2013​

Word 2016

Word 2019

Word for Office 365

Version number

9.0

10.0

11.0

12.0

14.0

15.0

16.0

16.0

16.0

Comments

Sometimes called Word XP

Microsoft skipped 13


As explained above, Word 2016, Word 2019 and Word for Office 365 have the same number. This is not practical for developers but that is how Microsoft has implemented it.


If you have Office 365 installed, you will automatically have the latest Word version. However, you may have the Office version updated with a delay depending on which Channel you are on.

How to find information about whether you have a 32-bit or 64-bit version of Office

The Office versions listed in the leftmost column below exist in both a 32-bit version and a 64-bit version:

Office version

How to find the 32-bit / 64-bit information

Microsoft Office 365
Microsoft Office 2019
Microsoft Office 2016
Microsoft Office 2013

To find out whether you have a 32-bit or 64-bit version installed, select File Account category (left side of dialog box). Click the About Word button. You will find the information in top of the dialog box that opens as illustrated below:

Click About Word to find info about 32-bit or 64-bit

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Microsoft Office 2010

You will find the information via File tab > Help as illustrated in Figure 9 above.

For more details about 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Office, see: Choose the 32-bit or 64-bit version of Office

How to find the Word version number and build number in VBA (macros)

Find Word version number as string in VBA

You can find the version number of Word with the following VBA code:

Application.Version

Example of result is the string:
"16.0"

Find Word version number as numeric value in VBA

If you need to find out e.g. whether the Word version number is lower or higher than a specific number, you need a numeric value and not a string. For that purpose, you can use the Val function:

Val(Application.Version)

Example of result is the numeric value:
16

Find first part of Word build number as string in VBA

You can find the first part of the build number with the following VBA code:

Application.Build

Example of result:
16.0.10827

If you compare the result with the number you see in the About dialog box (see illustrations above), you will see that the last part of the build number is missing. See below for a method to find the full build number. 

Find full Word build number as string in VBA

You can find the full build number with the following function:

Function fncGetFullWordBuildNumber_String() As String
    'Returns string with the full Word build number
    fncGetFullWordBuildNumber_String = _
        CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject") _
        .GetFileVersion(Application.Path & "\WINWORD.exe")
End Function

Example of result:
16.0.10827.20150