Identify Your Version and License of Microsoft PowerPoint and Office on Mac

Identify Your Version and License of Microsoft PowerPoint and Office on Mac

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Do you use PowerPoint and other Office programs on a Mac? Do you know which version you are using? And if the version question seemed easy, do you know what sort of license you are using? In this post, we will explore an easy way to identify version and license details for Microsoft Office on the Mac.

Broadly speaking, new versions come with new features. For example, PowerPoint 2011 for Mac introduced Sections, Presenter View, and other niceties.However, the introduction of new features is no longer dependent upon the release of a new version—your license type may provide you with new features even a new version is not released yet! Yes, we are talking about Office 365 Subscription licenses that bring you new features every few months. That’s the reason why it is important to find out whether you have a Subscription or a Perpetual product installed!

We have used PowerPoint for all the screenshots. However, the same process should also work with Word, Excel, and other Office programs. Follow these steps:

  1. Run PowerPoint. If you see the Presentation Gallery, opt to create a new presentation, or alternatively open any existing presentation. Yes, you do not want to create or edit presentations now—but PowerPoint will not let you identify it under the hood unless you open a presentation first! We just created a new presentation, as shown in Figure 1 below.
    PowerPoint for Mac interface
    Figure 1: Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac interface
  2. Next choose the PowerPoint | About PowerPoint menu option, as shown in Figure 2 below.
    PowerPoint for Mac About
    Figure 2: About PowerPoint
  3. You will see a dialog, as shown in Figure 3, below. Do notice that you can identify that this dialog is from a Retail License product, as highlighted in red. You can also find the version number of your installed product, as highlighted in blue.Does the version number, 15.21.1 (160411) confuse you? Don’t worry; we will explain what these numbers mean at the end of this post.PowerPoint for Mac Retail

Thank you so much, Anneliese Wirth, at Microsoft who helped me create this post.

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