How to Check Your SharePoint Version

Grace Windsor
By | Updated July 20, 2020 | 5 min read
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Microsoft SharePoint, a web-based collaborative toolset, is available as an On-Premises installation, in the cloud, or as a hybrid solution.


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The differences between each version are covered in a previous blog post. As a brief recap:

  • SharePoint On-Premises is either hosted on local servers, maintained by an organization’s IT team, or in a private cloud. SharePoint On-Premises versions run from 2001 to 2019.
  • SharePoint Online is a cloud-based version of SharePoint, hosted by Microsoft. The tool is accessed as a service by end-users.
  • Hybrid creates a link between a SharePoint server farm (hosted locally) and Office 365. This allows organizations who cannot move to the cloud to maintain control over sensitive business processes or data whilst also accessing new, online features.


When searching for project management solutions for SharePoint, it’s helpful to know which version of SharePoint you are currently using.

Let’s take a look at differentiating between the versions of SharePoint On-Premises (2019/2016/2013/2010) and SharePoint Online.


How to Check Your SharePoint Version

1. SharePoint 2019

SharePoint 2019 uses the modern experience, first introduced in SharePoint Online in 2016, for elements such as the start page, lists and libraries, new pages, and the recycle bin.

The first major upgrade to the SharePoint interface since SharePoint 2013, the modern experience focuses on ease-of-use, flexibility, and mobile access.

How to Check Your SharePoint Version SharePoint 2019

Modern Library in SharePoint Server 2019


Note – as per Microsoft, there is not a 1:1 mapping of all classic to modern experiences in SharePoint 2019.  Elements such as existing team site home pages, wikis, and web part pages remain as classic experiences.

The BrightWork project and portfolio management solution for SharePoint 2019 uses the classic SharePoint experience.


2. SharePoint 2016

SharePoint 2016 has a similar experience to SharePoint Online.

Here are a few easy ways to identify SharePoint 2016:

  • The title of the environment is ‘SharePoint’.
  • The app is called ‘Sites’.
  • The menu includes the app launcher icon (first introduced in SharePoint 2016).
  • The settings button is now located to the left of your login ID.


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SharePoint 2016 User Name

Settings button located to the left of your login ID



3. SharePoint 2013

SharePoint 2013 sites have a ribbon with ‘SharePoint’ listed on the title bar.


How to Check Your SharePoint Version SharePoint 2013


The menu bar contains links to apps such as Yammer and OneDrive.

Finally, your login ID is located to the right of the settings button.


How to Check Your SharePoint Version SharePoint 2013


Note – the app launcher icon will only appear in hybrid installations.


4. SharePoint 2010

SharePoint 2010 is visually distinct from the above versions. If the site header contains a ‘Site Action’ button, you are using SharePoint 2010.



‘Home’ also appears as a button rather than a link.


5. SharePoint Online

If you are using SharePoint Online, you’ll see the following:

  • An app launcher icon.
  • No ribbon.
  • ‘Create Site’ and ‘Create News post’ at the top of the page.
  • Following, Recent, or Featured Links in the Quick Launch.



How to Check Your SharePoint Version SharePoint Online

SharePoint Online menu and content creation options



How to Check Your SharePoint Version SharePoint Online

Office 365 App Launcher



If the title of the environment is Office 365 and the app is called  ‘SharePoint’, you are using ‘SharePoint Online Classic Experience’.

It’s also easy to check your Office 365 subscription. Simply click on your name in the top-right corner and select ‘My Account’.  Click ‘Subscriptions’ for further details.



Of course, if your site administrator has customized your SharePoint site, these visual cues may not help! If you are still unsure about your SharePoint version, just click the ‘Help’ button. This will display the help page and page, including the version.

When evaluating project management solutions for SharePoint, it’s also important to involve your IT team or SharePoint administrators. They should review the deployment, maintenance, and training options of each solution against your SharePoint environment and capabilities.


BrightWork and SharePoint

If you are interested in deploying BrightWork for project and portfolio management on SharePoint, you’ll need to be aware of the following criteria.


  • The BrightWork solution must be installed on either SharePoint On-Premises (SharePoint 2019, 2016, 2013, and 2010) or on SharePoint hosted in a separate cloud. This can include BrightWork Online (with Project Hosts), Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services, or with a partner chosen by the customer.
  • As a SharePoint server-based product, BrightWork is not available to deploy directly inside Microsoft Office 365 or SharePoint Online.
  • U.S. Federal Civilian, DoD, and NatSec customers can deploy BrightWork with SharePoint On-Premises or in a FedRAMP-compliant cloud.
  • Healthcare organizations can avail of a HIPAA/HITRUST compliant cloud-based solution on Microsoft Azure (BrightWork Online and Project Hosts).
  • BrightWork (deployed on-premises or in a cloud) can also be configured as a hybrid solution connected to Microsoft Office 365.
Grace Windsor
Grace Windsor

Grace is a content creator within the marketing team at BrightWork. She loves creating actionable content in different formats to help others achieve more project success. Grace spent far too long at university studying English literature, which instilled a life-long love of learning and upskilling. In her free time, she enjoys a challenging session at the gym, tucking into a good book, and walking the beautiful Galway coastline with her dog.

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