How to Check the Browser Version for IE

By Adrian Archer

Internet Explorer is the Internet browser that comes bundled with all versions of Microsoft Corporation's Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7 operating systems. Because of security threats, as well as ongoing product improvements, Microsoft releases many versions and updates of versions of this software during the lives of their operating systems. Checking for the version of the browser that you have installed on your computer requires but a few short steps.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer
  • Internet Explorer

Step 1

Open Internet Explorer. If there is a shortcut icon for Internet Explorer on your desktop, double-click on the icon to open a browser window. You can also access Internet Explorer by clicking on the Start Menu on your task bar, then selecting "All Programs." An icon for Internet Explorer should be on the top left.

Step 2

Find the Menu Bar. The Menu Bar in Internet Explorer includes six basic headings that are extremely helpful: Find, Edit, View, Favorites, Tools and Help. If you do not see these headings, your Menu Bar is not activated. To activate your Menu Bar, right-click on any of the visible tool bars (if no tool bars are activated, right-click on the edge of the browser window) and select "Menu Bar" from the menu.

Step 3

Click Help. You will see a few options, including "Internet Explorer Help" and "Customer Feedback Options...." To find what version of Internet Explorer you're running, left-click on "About Internet Explorer."

Step 4

Find your Internet Explorer browser version. After you click on "About Internet Explorer," a pop-up window will appear. Under the Windows Internet Explorer logo, the first line will read "Version:"; the first number after this is your version. The version number will likely have numbers after the version number---for example, "Version: 8.0.6001.18702.IC." These extra numbers refer to upgrades within Internet Explorer Version 8.