While it may seem like a very basic question, knowing which version of an Office application you are using is becoming much more important. The core Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook) are available on multiple platforms now, and an application’s feature set may vary now not just by version, but also by platform.
And the many ways you may be able to get to a particular application may make it seem like finding out would be even more complicated now. Luckily, that isn’t quite true.
For instance, Word is currently available and supported on the following platforms:
- Word 2010 for Windows
- Word for Mac 2011
- Word 2013 for Windows
- Word 2016 for Windows
- Word 2016 for Mac
- Word Online
- Word for Android
- Word for iOS
- Word Mobile
For the versions running natively on mobile devices, knowing which version you are using is pretty self-evident. For folks running Office applications in Windows or the MacOS, finding out is only slightly more involved.
Luckily, Microsoft has been pretty consistent in how they provide that information, and how to find it. Here is the Microsoft Support site’s article to help you answer “What version of Office am I using?”. That article is relevant for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, and takes you through the three or four steps needed to reveal that information.
If you are trying to find out which version of Outlook, though, that could be much more complicated, since there are many more factors (32-bit or 64-bit, operating system, backend email system, …). To help navigate all those possibilities, the Microsoft Support site provides an article displaying actual examples of the Ribbon you may be seeing, as you wonder “What version of Outlook do I have?”.