How to Find Your Version of Internet Explorer (IE)
Internet Explorer's version number always appears in its **About** dialog box, but the method to reach that box varies depending on which Internet Explorer interface you're using. For the default, desktop interface, you can find it in the **Tools** or **Help** menu. In the Windows 8 app interface, you reach it through the **Charms** bar.
Internet Explorer Desktop Program
Open the **Tools** menu, represented by a gear icon, and click **About Internet Explorer** to find the version number on any version since Internet Explorer 9.
Open the **Help** menu and click **About Internet Explorer** if you don't see the Tools menu icon. This method works both on Internet Explorer versions prior to 9, and on later versions if you have the menu bar enabled.
Read the major version number alongside the Internet Explorer logo, and check the *Version* line if you need to know the exact edition of the program.
Windows 8 Internet Explorer App
Press **Windows-C** while in the Internet Explorer app to open the Charms bar. Click or tap **Settings**.
Select **About** in the Settings menu.
Read the version number in the About box. Usually, you'll only need to know the major version number for Internet Explorer, such as **10** or **11**, which appears before the first decimal.
Tips & Warnings
- Your version of Windows doesn't directly affect your version of Internet Explorer -- IE 11 on Windows 7 works just like the desktop interface for IE 11 on Windows 8. Windows versions can have a maximum Internet Explorer version, however: Windows Vista can't update past IE 9.
- Running an outdated browser can pose a security risk, so update to the latest version supported by your operating system whenever possible.