How to Find Out Which Version of Microsoft Office You’re Using (and Whether it’s 32-bit or 64-bit)

Last Updated: Feb 14, 2024 by

Microsoft Office is a widely used suite of productivity tools that includes popular programs like Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. With frequent updates and new versions being released, it can be confusing to keep track of which version of Office you are using. In this article, we will guide you through the steps to find out which version of Microsoft Office you have installed on your computer and whether it is 32-bit or 64-bit.

Checking the Version of Microsoft Office

The first step is to open any Office program, such as Word or Excel. Once the program is open, click on the “File” tab in the top left corner of the screen. This will open a menu with various options.

Next, click on “Account” from the menu on the left side of the screen. This will open the Account page, where you can view information about your Office subscription and product information.

Under the “Product Information” section, you will see the version of Office you are using. It will be listed as either “Microsoft Office year” or “Microsoft Office version number.” For example, if you are using Office 365, it will be listed as “Microsoft Office 365.” If you are using Office 2019, it will be listed as “Microsoft Office 2019.”

Determining if Your Office is 32-bit or 64-bit

In the same “Product Information” section, you will also see whether your Office is 32-bit or 64-bit. This is important to know because some add-ins and features may not be compatible with one or the other.

If you are using a 32-bit version of Office, it will say “32-bit” next to the version number. If you are using a 64-bit version, it will say “64-bit.”

Updating Your Office Version

If you want to update your Office version, you can do so by clicking on the “Update Options” button under the “Product Information” section. From here, you can choose to update your Office manually or automatically.

If you choose to update manually, you can click on “Update Now” to check for and install any available updates. If you choose to update automatically, Office will check for updates and install them in the background without any action needed from you.

Why You Should Keep Your Office Updated

Keeping your Office version updated is important for several reasons. First, updates often include bug fixes and security patches that can improve the performance and security of your Office programs. Additionally, updates may also include new features and improvements to existing ones.


Now that you know how to check which version of Microsoft Office you are using and whether it is 32-bit or 64-bit, you can easily keep track of your Office updates and ensure that you have the latest and most secure version. Remember to regularly check for updates and install them to get the most out of your Office experience.

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