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How to find the version number of an app on Windows 10

App version numbers are generally not something that users have to be concerned with unless it’s a matter of compatibility or an error that an app may be throwing. In that case, the version might be relevant in solving whatever problem you’re having. Here’s how you can find the version number of an app on Windows 10.

App version number

There are multiple ways to find the version number of an app, but it will differ for desktop apps and for UWP apps.

Control panel

For desktop apps, a really good and quick way to look at version numbers for multiple apps is to open Control Panel and click Uninstall a program. On the uninstall screen, you will see a complete list of all the desktop apps installed on your system. You will see a ‘Version’ column and it will display the version of the apps. This is a reliable way to check the app version in most cases, but there will be exceptions.

About app page

The version number of a desktop app and a UWP app is normally written on its About page/screen. In some cases, this information may be displayed on the app’s settings/configuration screen.

You may see it right away or you might have to look a little closer but the word ‘version’ will definitely preceed the version number.

This method works for UWP apps.

PowerShell

You can use PowerShell to get a complete list of all the UWP apps on your system, complete with the version number. It’s the equivalent of the Control Panel trick for desktop apps.

Get-AppXpackage

With the PowerShell method, you will have to dig around a bit since the command returns what can best be described as an information dump. That said, the word ‘version’ does appear before the number so it’s not going to be too hard to spot. Make sure you check the app name first since it’s easy to miss it.

App version numbers can be short, or long. It really depends on the app type and how often it updates. In some cases, an app version might jump entire numbers e.g., 1.0 to 2.0, in other cases, it might only jump a small decimal number e.g., 1.0.1 to 1.0.2. You should also know that you won’t always get every single version of a particular app. In some cases, the developer may not release certain versions for whatever reason. Users tend to only get stable builds.

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