What version of Microsoft Excel do I have?​

What version of Microsoft Excel do I have?

Right now you might be wondering to yourself, “how do I find what version of Excel do I have?”

It’s a good question too, because Microsoft Excel has been around since 1985! Now this guide is going to assume you aren’t chugging along with the 1985 version, but we will show you how to find the most popular versions still in use today.

Open up Microsoft Excel and click 'file'

You will find the ‘file’ menu in all Microsoft Office programs. It will usually be the first tab on the top bar- on the top left. See the below graphic for more information.

find excel version file

Click 'Account' in the file menu

The file menu is home to a lot of powerful features, whether you are using Excel 2016 or Excel 2007. I would recommend looking for more information in the file tab.

excel version file tab account

Once you've found the 'Account' menu, click on 'About Excel'

The account menu also includes information about Excel version updates, and allows you to change your Office theme. The Office theme I use is the dark theme as you can see in the screenshots. It’s much easier on the eyes when you work with these programs all of the time!

excel version account info
excel version about excel

Finding your version of Excel

And there it is! Your version of Microsoft Excel. Again, if you have Excel through a Microsoft Office Suite, then you will see the same across all of your Office programs. Looking at mine below, I am using Office 365, the 32-bit version.

excel version sample

What does it all mean? Well, because I am using Office 365, which is a cloud based subscription service that stores most of Office in the Cloud and Onedrive, We can see that version listed here. Let’s break it down bit-by-bit to make it easier to understand.

Microsoft Excel for Office 365 is the program and service I’m using.

MSO stands for Microsoft Office

(16.0.11929.20708) is the version number and shows if there have been any updates or not. You can install the latest Microsoft Office updates here.

The end will either be 32-bit or 64-bit. Here’s a quick summary of the differences. The 32-bit version is lighter weight and can run on 32-bit system (or older systems to put it simply) and 64-bit means it can run and use more memory, which is great when dealing with large amounts of data. For most people, 32-bit will do the trick, but consider upgrading it to 64-bit if you think you might need the extra oomph!

I don't see this menu, am I doing it wrong?

Probably not! If you do not see this menu you probably have an older version. In that case follow the below steps:

  1. Go to the ‘help tab’ on the top bar
  2. Choose the last menu option ‘About Microsoft Excel’
  3.  It will display your current version!

Still don't see it, HELP!

Alright, then you may have Excel 2007 or 2010. In that case follow the below:

  1. Click the Office button in the top left on the top bar. It looks like this: 2007 2010 microsoft office button 
  2. Then click ‘Excel Options’
  3. Then click ‘Resources’
  4. Then click ‘About’
  5. And you should see your version number!

But I still don't-

Alright, if you STILL DON’T See your version number, then I’m impressed! You’ve navigated to this site with a dinosaur of a device. But hey, it’s possible.  I’m not going to go in to detail on how to find those version numbers, but I recommend upgrading if possible as the new Excel’s have A TON OF POWERFUL FEATURES that will make your life so much easier. But if you do need help still, leave a comment and I’ll make sure to find it out for you!