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Checking Accessibility in Microsoft Office

Microsoft Word Accessibility Checker Screenshot

Starting with Office 2010, Microsoft released an Accessibility Checker in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. This feature will “check the document for content that people with disabilities might find difficult to read.”1 The inspection results will include items such as missing alternative text, providing descriptive links, and using heading and paragraph styles.

On Windows

  1. Click the File menu, then click Info.
  2. Click on the Check for Issues button, then click Check Accessibility.
  3. The Accessibility Checker task pane will appear on the right side of your screen.
  4. Click on the specific issue to see additional information and steps to resolve.

On macOS

  1. From the Tools menu, click Check Accessibility.
  2. The Accessibility Checker task pane will appear on the right side of your screen.
  3. Click on the specific issue to see additional information and steps to resolve.

1. Use the Accessibility Checker on your Windows desktop to find accessibility issues

Eric Silva

Eric is an Instructional Technologist overseeing Online Student Support Initiatives at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and a graduate from Boise State University. Learn more about me.

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