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Accessibility in Word

This article will show you how to create accessible documents using Microsoft Word.

Accessibility Checker

The steps below show you how to activate and utilize the Microsoft Word Accessibility Checker. This tool will serve like spell check and constantly check your document for accessibility issues while you work. It is highly suggested that you utilize this when creating documents.

1. Open up a new or existing document in Word

2. Select File > Info > Check for Issues > Check Accessibility
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Select File from the upper left corner of your Word document.Then select Info , Check for Issues, then Check Accessibility to open up the accessibility checker in Word.

This will cause the "Accessibility Checker" sidebar to appear in word. It will tell you what issue you have, if any, and how to correct them.
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The accessibility checker will now appear on the right side of your document

Color and Contrast
To learn more about using colors and contrast in your documents, view the CSUN Color and Contrast Video Tutorial


To learn more about the proper use of columns in your documents, view the CSUN Column Accessibility Tutorial

Figures and Images

For information on adding Figures and Images to your document, view the CSUN Figure and Images Accessibility Tutorial


To format hyperlinks in a readable manner, view the CSUN Hyperlink Accessibility Tutorial


To learn how to format plain text into a bulleted or numbered list, view the CSUN List Accessibility Tutorial


To properly structure and style your document, view the CSUN Structure Accessibility Tutorial

Table of Contents

For information on how to include an automatic table of contents in your document, view the CSUN Table of Contents Accessibility Tutorial


For steps on creating accessible tables in MS Word, view the CSUN Table Accessibility Tutorial

Text Boxes

For steps on properly creating text boxes, view the CSUN Text Box Accessibility Tutorial