If you need to create presentations, you probably use PowerPoint, an app that is part of the Microsoft Office productivity suite. If you are wondering what version of PowerPoint you are using, in this guide, we show you how to identify it. Whether you want to know this piece of information because you believe your PowerPoint is outdated and want to switch to a newer one, or if you want to confirm that you have the latest version of PowerPoint already, here is how to find out this information:
How to find the version of your PowerPoint
There are several methods to find the version of your PowerPoint. Because PowerPoint is part of the Microsoft Office suite, its version is the same as that of the Office suite that you are using. Which, in turn, means that if, for example, you have Microsoft Office 2019, you also have PowerPoint 2019. If you have Microsoft Office 2003, you also have PowerPoint 2003 and so on. As a consequence, to know what version of PowerPoint you use, you need to know what version of Office you own. We have covered all how you can find this information, in this guide: 5 ways to find the exact version of Microsoft Office that you are using.
However, some people do not have the necessary time to read additional tutorials. So, if you are one of them, here is the method that works best in any Windows and any Microsoft Office version:
Start by opening the Microsoft PowerPoint app. To identify the exact version of your PowerPoint you must access its About window. To do that, click or tap the Account button at the bottom-left corner of the window. Then, on the right, click or tap About PowerPoint.
In the window that opens, you can see the exact version of your PowerPoint.
If you do not see an Account button, load a presentation first: it can be an existing one or you can create a new one right now. Then, look for the File button. Click or tap on it and then click on the Account option.
On the right side of the window, you should see a button called About PowerPoint. Click or tap on it and the About Microsoft PowerPoint window loads.
At its beginning, you should see the exact version of PowerPoint that you are using.
If you do not see an Account option when you click/tap on File, click or tap on Help. Then, on the right side, you should see the version of your PowerPoint. This path is specific to Microsoft Office 2010, so you are using a PowerPoint 2010 version.
If the main interface of your PowerPoint has a rounded Office button at its top-left corner, it means that you are using Microsoft Office 2007. In this case, you have a PowerPoint 2007 version. Click or tap on the Office button and then click or tap on PowerPoint Options. On the left, select Resources.
Then, on the right side of the window, you can see the exact version of your PowerPoint app, in the about Microsoft Office PowerPoint section.
If your PowerPoint has a menu bar and a toolbar, you are using a version that is either PowerPoint 2003 or older. In this case, you can find the exact version by opening the Help menu and then by clicking on the About Microsoft Office PowerPoint entry.
Then, the About Microsoft Office PowerPoint window shows you all the details about your PowerPoint version.
How many versions of PowerPoint are there?
There were 12 versions of PowerPoint released for Windows operating systems:
- PowerPoint 2.0, announced with Windows 3.0, in 1990
- PowerPoint 3.0, announced with Windows 3.1, in 1992
- PowerPoint 4.0, launched in 1994
- PowerPoint 7.0, also known as PowerPoint 95, launched in 1995
- PowerPoint 8.0, also known as PowerPoint 97, launched in 1997
- PowerPoint 9.0, also known as PowerPoint 2000, launched in 1999
- PowerPoint 10.0, also known as PowerPoint XP, launched in 2001
- PowerPoint 11.0, also known as PowerPoint 2003, launched in 2003
- PowerPoint 12.0, also known as PowerPoint 2007, launched in 2007
- PowerPoint 14.0, also known as PowerPoint 2010, launched in 2010
- PowerPoint 15.0, also known as PowerPoint 2013, launched in 2013
- PowerPoint 16.0, also known as PowerPoint 2016 and PowerPoint 2019. Yes, it is the same version, although PowerPoint 2019 brings a couple of new features. It was first launched in 2015. PowerPoint 2019 was launched in 2018.
What is the latest version of Microsoft PowerPoint?
The latest version of Microsoft PowerPoint is number 16. PowerPoint 16 was launched in 2015 and can be found in the Microsoft Office 2016 and Microsoft Office 2019 suites, as well as part of the Microsoft Office 365 subscription plans.
How do I update to the latest version of PowerPoint?
To update to the latest version of PowerPoint, you must update your Microsoft Office suite. Keeping in mind that the latest version of PowerPoint is PowerPoint 16, it means that you must buy Microsoft Office 2016 or Microsoft Office 2019, or subscribe to one of the Microsoft Office 365 plans.
Have you found your version of PowerPoint?
Did you manage to identify what version of PowerPoint you are using? Was it as easy as you were expecting? Did you want to find this information because you want to update your PowerPoint and move on to a newer Microsoft Office suite? Do you have any questions? We welcome your feedback, in the comments section below.