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

Word 2016

Has File tab

Has Tell me what you want to do... help in the ribbon

If you have Office 365 installed, you will automatically have the latest Word version which is currently Word 2016.​

Word 2013 - detect version via the Word window

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

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

Word 2007

Has Office button

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


Word 2003 - detect version via the Word window

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 2013 and Word 2016

Select File > Account category (left side of dialog box). You will now see the version number in the right side of the dialog box. The illustration below is from Word 2013.

Word 2013 and Word 2016 version details

Note that Microsoft Office 2013 and Microsoft Office 2016 exist in both a 32-bit version and a 64-bit version. To find out whether you have a 32-bit or 64-bit version installed, click the About Word button below the version number info. You will find the information in top of the dialog box that opens as illustrated below. The illustration below is from Word 2016:

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

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.

Word 2010 version details

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

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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More details about Word versions and version numbers

We talk about e.g. Word 2010 or Word 2016 but each version of Word has a unique number. In each illustration above you will see a long number, e.g. 14.0.7116.5000 for Word 2010. The leftmost part of the long number (here 14) is the unique number for the Word version. The unique number must be used e.g. in macros.

The part of the long number that follows the unique 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.

Which version

Word 2000

​Word 2002

​Word 2003

Word 2007

Word 2010​

Word 2013​

Word 2016

Unique number

9​

​10

​11

12​

14​

15​

16​

Comments

Sometimes called Word XP

Microsoft skipped 13

If you have Office 365, your Word version is Word 2016​

​More about 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Office 2010, Office 2013 and Office 2016

​As mentioned above, Microsoft Office 2010, Microsoft Office 2013 and Microsoft Office 2016 exist in both a 32-bit version and a 64-bit version. For more details, see:

Choose the 32-bit or 64-bit version of Office​