How to Find Your Version of Internet Explorer (IE)

By Aaron Parson

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

Step 1

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.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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

Step 1

Press **Windows-C** while in the Internet Explorer app to open the Charms bar. Click or tap **Settings**.

Step 2

Select **About** in the Settings menu.

Step 3

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.