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How to Check Whether Word is Installed in the System or Not

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24 Dec 2013CPOL
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It is common to need to work with various Office applications using the namespaces where xxx is the Office application, e.g. Microsoft.Office.Interop.Word in order to do so, you must ensure that the appropriate application is installed on the client machine.  


Having read both of Tadit's excellent tips I decided that I would make a simple utility class to handle the logic for me - allowing me to reuse the code and optomise it over time if needed.

Using the code 

The utility class was added to my standard library, so that I can use it in multiple projects. 

using System;

namespace Me.Office.Common
    /// <summary>
    /// A group of Microsoft Office Utility methods
    /// </summary>
    public static class OfficeUtils
        /// <summary>
        /// A utility method to check if Word is installed or not
        /// </summary>
        /// <returns>A Boolean value of whether Word is installed or not</returns>
        public static bool isWordInstalled()
            return isApplicationInstalled("Word.Application");
        /// <summary>
        /// A utility method to check if Excel is installed or not
        /// </summary>
        /// <returns>A Boolean value of whether Excel is installed or not</returns>
        public static bool isExcelInstalled()
            return isApplicationInstalled("Excel.Application");
        /// <summary>
        /// </summary>
        /// <param name="applicationName">The name of the application to be checked</param>
        /// <returns>A Boolean value of whether Application is installed or not</returns>
        private static bool isApplicationInstalled(string applicationName)
            Type officeType = Type.GetTypeFromProgID(applicationName);
            return officeType != null;

This can be used in any other project as long as it is referenced correctly 

using Me.Office.Common;

namespace Me.TestHarness
  class Program
    static void Main(string[] args)
      bool isWordInsatlled = OfficeUtils.isWordInstalled();
      bool isExcelInsatlled = OfficeUtils.isExcelInstalled();


  • 23 December 2013 - First version published . 
  • 24 December 2014 - Fixed namespace reference 


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