How Do I Find My Quicken Version?
Know the Software Year and Version Number for Support and Updates
Knowing the year of your Quicken personal finance software, as well as its version number, is important when troubleshooting a problem, and when checking to see if you have the latest and most up-to-date version of the software.
Finding Your Quicken Version Number
To find the version of the Quicken software you're running on your computer, follow these steps:
- Open Quicken.
- Click Help in the menu.
- Click About Quicken in the Help menu. This will open a dialog box with information on your version and release number of Quicken.
At the top of the dialog box, you will see the year of your Quicken software edition (for example, Quicken 2017).
Below this, you will find the version number, which is also called the release number (this will be important to know when you're updating your software). The version number is displayed as a series of numbers separated by periods. For example, you might see Version 3.0.5 listed.
What Quicken Version Numbers Mean
Version numbers track software updates and upgrades, which are two different things—read more about the differences between software updates and upgrades. With each update or upgrade to the software, these numbers will tick up like a counter.
Each number listed in the version represents an improvement made to the software. The number in the far right position—the "5" in our version 3.0.5 example above—represents small updates that have been made to the software, which is usually free and usually fix software bugs or improve security.
The number in the far left position—the "3" in our version 3.0.5 example—represents large upgrades and changes that have been made to the software. There is usually a fee to download and install an upgrade like this.
The number in the middle position is generally an update that is significant but not big enough to warrant a full upgrade-level release. These may or may not require a fee to download and install, but often are free.
How to Update Quicken to the Latest Version
There are two ways to update your Quicken software. You can have Quicken locate, download and install the latest update using the One Step Update process (Quicken may automatically perform this check when you start up the software and prompt you to update if a new version is available).
You can also update Quicken manually. It involves going to the Quicken website and downloading the version update you want to install. You might do this if the One Step Update process is not working, or if you want to update to a specific version of Quicken, but not necessarily the latest (you will be able to find a detailed list of past versions of Quicken on the website, along with release notes on each that detail the changes made in that version).
To find and download Quicken updates and releases, follow these steps:
- Go to the Quicken Update Index web page.
- Under your computer's operating system (e.g., Windows or Macintosh), click on the link of your Quicken version year (for example Quicken 2017). If you do not see the year of your Quicken software listed, this means you have an older version that is no longer supported. In this case, you will need to purchase an upgrade for your Quicken software.
- Click on "Manual Update" for a link to the downloadable update, and then follow the steps to install the update.