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How to Create an Accessible Word Document

Here is a Microsoft Word guide to help walk you through how to create accessible word documents.

Quick Access Guide

Here is a  guide when working with Word.

Check the following elements

For each item that you have in your document, click on the accessibility guideline(s) that corresponds to it in order to learn how to make the element accessible.

Run the built in Microsoft Word checker.

This is a great took to begin checking the accessibility of your Word 2010 or 2013 documents.

Please note: The accessibility checker only checks .docx files.

  1. Go to the File tab.
  2. Select info from the sidebar menu.
  3. Click on the Check for issues button.
  4. Select Check Accessibility from the drop-down menu.

The Accessibility Checker panel will open to the right of the document. The accessibility checker provides you with a list of errors, warnings and tips. When you click on an error or warning, instructions on how to fix it appear below in ” Additional Information”.

Movie Reel Video: How to Use the Accessibility Checker by Portland Community College.