Software companies regularly update their web-based programs to ensure buyers are protected against online threats like viruses, malware and trojans that can pose a risk to your personal data and hinder your computer's performance. To download games, videos, music or programs, you sometimes need to know what version of Internet Explorer (IE) is installed on your computer so the programs do not clash and cause a problem. Finding out which version of IE you have only takes a few seconds via your mouse or useful keyboard shortcut.
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Click on the blue Internet Explorer icon on your desktop computer or laptop to launch the web browser, then move your mouse cursor to the upper navigation bar and click on the "Help" heading.
Move your mouse cursor down to the "About Internet Explorer" heading and click your mouse button once to bring up a new window that gives you information on IE. Alternatively, if you prefer to use your keyboard rather than your mouse, press and hold the letter "H" and one of the "ALT" keys. This keyboard shortcut will bring up the "Help" menu. Use the arrow keys to scroll down this menu until you reach "About Internet Explorer" and then press the "Enter" key to reveal which version you have.
Read the first line of the text which will start with two numbers that correspond to the IE version you are using. For example, if it shows "Version 8.0." then you have IE version 8, if it lists "Version 7.4." then you have IE version 7.4.
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