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Article ID: 291331 - Last Review: December 4, 2007 - Revision: 3.1

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This article describes how to determine the exact version of your Microsoft Office XP product. It also provides version numbers for the original release and subsequent service packs.

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How to find the version number

The following methods help you determine your installed version of the Microsoft Office programs.

Note When a software update does not include an updated version of the program’s executable file, see the documentation that is provided with your update to determine the files that are updated and then check the versions of the updated files.

Method 1: How to use the Add or Remove Programs dialog box

You can examine the version information of the installed Microsoft Office version or of the individual Office products by clicking the Click here for support information link in the Add or Remove Programs dialog box when you are running Microsoft Windows 2000, Microsoft Windows XP, or Microsoft Windows Server 2003 on your computer. This version information is the most accurate documentation of the product version that is available on your computer. To do this, follow these steps:
  1. Click Start, and then clickControl Panel.
  2. In Control Panel, clickAdd or Remove Programs.
  3. In the Add or Remove Programs dialog box, locate and then click to select the appropriate Office edition or individual product.
  4. Click the resulting Click here for support information link. A message box displays the correct version information for the product as it is recorded by the Windows Installer.
When you use this method, Office XP has the following version numbers for the original release and for the service pack releases:
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Office program release version Service Pack 1 (SP1)Service Pack 2 (SP2)Service Pack 3 (SP3)
Microsoft Access 2002 10.0.2627.1 10.0.3409.010.0.4302.0 10.0.6501.0
Microsoft Excel 2002 10.0.2614.0 10.0.3506.010.0.4302.010.0.6501.0
Microsoft FrontPage 2002 10.0.2623.0 10.0.3402.010.0.4128.010.0.6308.0
Microsoft Office XP10.0.2627.0110.0.3520.010.0.4330.010.0.6626.0
Microsoft Outlook 2002 10.0.2627.1 10.0.3416.010.0.4024.010.0.6626.0
Microsoft PowerPoint 2002 10.0.2623.0 10.0.3506.010.0.4205.010.0.6501.0
Microsoft Project 200210.0.2915.010.0.8326.0NANA
Microsoft Publisher 200210.0.2621.0 10.0.3402.010.0.4016.010.0.6308.0
Microsoft Visio 200210.0.52510.1.251410.2.5110NA
Microsoft Word 2002 10.0.2627.0 10.0.3416.010.0.4219.010.0.6612.0

Method 2: How to verify the version property for the executable file

You can use the version property of the executable file to determine the version of your Office program. This method works on any version of Microsoft Windows that Office XP supports. Use the following method to locate the executable file and to verify the version of your Office program:
  • Locate the Office program's executable file. The following is the default location for these files in Office XP:
    Program files\Microsoft Office\Office10


    Note The default location for the Microsoft Visio executable is as follows:
    Program files\Microsoft Office\Visio10
    The executable file names are the same for every version of Office and are as follows:
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    Program NameFile Name
    Access 2002Msaccess.exe
    Excel 2002Excel.exe
    FrontPage 2002FrontPg.exe
    Office XPMso.dll
    Outlook 2002Outlook.exe
    PowerPoint 2002PowerPnt.exe
    Project 2002WinProj.exe
    Word 2002WinWord.exe
    Visio 2002Visio.exe
To search for the appropriate file, search your hard disk drive. To do this, follow these steps.

Note Because there are several versions of Microsoft Windows, the following steps may be different on your computer. If they are, see your product documentation to complete these steps.
  1. Click Start, and then click Search.
  2. In the Search Results pane, click All files and folders under Search Companion.
  3. In the All or part of the file name box, type the appropriate file name as listed earlier, and then click Search.
  4. In the resulting list of files, right-click the file, and then click Properties.
  5. On the Version tab, determine the version of the file that is installed on your computer.
When you use this method, Office XP has the following version numbers for the original release and for the service pack releases:
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Office program release version SP1SP2SP3
Msaccess.exe 10.0.2627.1 10.0.3409.010.0.4302.0 10.0.6501.0
Excel.exe 10.0.2614.0 10.0.3506.010.0.4302.010.0.6501.0
FrontPg.exe 10.0.2623.0 10.0.3402.010.0.4128.010.0.6308.0
Mso.dll10.0.2627.0110.0.3520.010.0.4330.010.0.6626.0
Outlook.exe 10.0.2627.1 10.0.3416.010.0.4024.010.0.6626.0
PowerPt.exe 10.0.2623.0 10.0.3506.010.0.4205.010.0.6501.0
WinProj.exe10.0.2915.010.0.8326.0NANA
Mspub.exe10.0.2621.0 10.0.3402.010.0.4016.010.0.6308.0
Visio.exe10.0.52510.0.2420.410.0.5006.4NA
WinWord.exe 10.0.2627.0 10.0.3416.010.0.4219.010.0.6612.0

Method 3: How to use the About Microsoft Product name dialog box

In the About Microsoft Product name dialog box, a number appears after the product name. For example, in Microsoft Excel 2002, you might see the following number:
(10.2614.2625)
To locate the About Microsoft Product name dialog box, click About Microsoft Program on the Help menu in any Office program.

When you use this method, Office XP has the following version numbers for the original release and for the service pack releases:
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Office program release version SP1SP2SP3
Access 2002 10.2627.2625 10.3409.350110.4302.4219 10.6501.6626
Excel 2002 10.2614.262510.3506.350110.4302.421910.6501.6626
FrontPage 2002 10.2623.2625 10.3402.350110.4128.421910.6308.6626
Outlook 2002 10.2627.2625 10.3513.350110.4219.421910.6626.6626
PowerPoint 2002 10.2623.2625 10.3506.350110.4205.421910.6501.6626
Project 200210.0.2915.262510.0.8326.0NANA
Publisher 200210.2621.262510.3402.350110.4016.421910.6308.6626
Visio 200210.0.52510.0.251410.0.5110NA
Word 2002 10.2627.262510.3416.350110.4219.421910.6612.6626

How to understand the version number

Microsoft Office products use the following syntax for the version number in the About dialog box:
aa.bbbb.cccc
This number represents three items:
  • aa: The version of Office.
  • bbbb: The version of the program executable file. For example, the Excel.exe file.
  • cccc: The version of the Mso.dll file.
Important
  • When you install a service pack, the About Microsoft Product name dialog box adds the letters "SP" and the number of the service pack level. How these letters appear depends on the version of the Mso.dll file.

    For additional information about this issue, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
    328294  (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/328294/ ) The About Microsoft <Program name> dialog box reports a service pack version that is different from what is expected in Office XP and in Office 2003
  • Because not all updates change the version number that is listed in the About Microsoft Product name dialog box, you must verify the properties for the program's executable file.

REFERENCES

For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
305095  (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/305095/ ) History of Office XP updates

APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Access 2002 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Excel 2002 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft FrontPage 2002 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Outlook 2002 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Project 2002 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Visio 2002 Professional Edition
  • Microsoft Visio 2002 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Word 2002 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Office XP Professional Edition
  • Microsoft Office XP Small Business Edition
  • Microsoft Office XP Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Office XP Standard Edition for Students and Teachers
  • Microsoft Office XP Developer Edition
  • Microsoft PowerPoint 2002 Standard Edition
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