This article tells you how to find the version of the web browser Internet Explorer (IE) that you are using. It is an important piece of information to know when getting help with IE or checking compatibility. This procedure does not make any changes to your computer whatsoever. It only tells you how to find your IE version.
IE6, IE7 and IE8 on Windows XP
IE7, IE8 and IE9 on Windows Vista
IE8, IE9, IE10 and IE11 on Windows 7
IE10 on Windows 8 and Windows RT
IE11 on Windows 8.1 and Windows RT8.1
IE11 on Windows 10
Note: Microsoft Edge on Windows 10 is a different browser than IE, so this article does not apply to it.
To find your IE version
1. Open IE. (If you are using Windows 8/8.1/RT/RT8.1 open IE desktop not IE modern/metro)
2. Press Alt +h on your keyboard (at the same time)
3. Select About Internet Explorer.
You will now see an About Internet Explorer box appear (please see some examples below) . For most purposes the main IE version as shown by the arrows is sufficient. More detailed IE version numbers are rarely needed by the typical home user. For IE6, the IE version does not appear in big letters at the top of the box. Instead please use the first number after the word “Version:”.
Thanks to Jay Freedman for providing the screenshot of the About Internet Explorer box for Internet Explorer 9.
Disclaimer: You use my posts and forum articles entirely at your own risk. I do not work for Microsoft.