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Determining Your Version of Excel

Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. If you are using a later version (Excel 2007 or later), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for later versions of Excel, click here: Determining Your Version of Excel.

The instructions for some of the tips you see featured in ExcelTips vary depending on the version of Excel you are using. If you are a relative newcomer to Excel, you may not know exactly how to determine which version you are using.

There are a couple of ways you can figure out which version you are using. The first is to watch Excel as you start the program. Depending on the speed of your system, you may notice the version in the splash screen that appears as Excel starts up. (I say that this depends on the speed of your system because I've seen some systems that are so fast, the splash screen is gone before anyone can fully see everything that is on it.)

Once you have started Excel, there is a better way to figure out your version: Choose About Microsoft Excel from the Help menu. Excel displays the About Microsoft Excel dialog box. (See Figure 1.)

Figure 1. The About Microsoft Excel dialog box.

Note that near the top of the dialog box you can see the version number you are using. When you are through reviewing the information, click OK to close the dialog box.

You can also use a single-line macro that will show you your Excel version:

Sub MyVersion()
    MsgBox Application.Version
End Sub

The macro pops up a dialog box that shows a number, such as 8.0, 9.0, 10.0, etc. The versions for which this tip was created are Excel 97 (8.0), Excel 2000 (9.0), Excel 2002 (10.0), and Excel 2003 (11.0). (If you get a larger number, you are using a later version of Excel and should really follow the link in the following paragraph to the tip applicable to your version of Excel.)

ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (2959) applies to Microsoft Excel 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. You can find a version of this tip for the ribbon interface of Excel (Excel 2007 and later) here: Determining Your Version of Excel.

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Comments for this tip:

Jason    16 May 2015, 22:49
run excel. control alt delete. task manager. description, including 32 or 64 bit will accompany the excel icon.
Frank    14 Apr 2015, 05:47
I agree with the above: too wordy. It is not because Microsoft software is continally changing that it should be complicated to find how to do things. One shortcut table with minimal instructions per version would be sufficient.
Lee    27 Feb 2015, 11:23
Be less wordy. This requires only a short, simple explanation. Try to be more concise.
Rick    28 Nov 2014, 12:12
It appears I have the 2013 version. In my case I went to the Microsoft logo in the lower left of my screen that opens All Programs, then Microsoft Office 2013, and saw the Excel 2013 icon.
Rick    28 Nov 2014, 12:08
I have been all over F1-- it is the only access to "Help" I am aware of-- and cannot find this box.
awyatt    21 Nov 2014, 12:55
You have a later version of Excel, John. ("Microsoft Home and Business 2010") This tip is for older -- much older -- versions than what you have. You need to click the link at the beginning and end of the tip that lead to a comparable tip applicable to you.

John Fuller    21 Nov 2014, 12:10
Your suggestion doesn't work.
I open up help, and it simply says "microsoft home and business 2010"
and Version 14.

No use at all

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