Free and Low Cost Assistive Technology of the Week
Microsoft Accessibility Checker

Creating accessible documents is a crucial part of ensuring accessible information and communications in business, education and social settings. The Microsoft Accessibility Checker is built into Microsoft Office and gives you a completely free way of making sure your documents are inclusive.

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

The Accessibility Checker tool finds accessibility issues in your Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, and PowerPoint presentations. The tool generates a report of issues that could make your content difficult for people with disabilities to understand. Accessibility Checker also explains why you should fix these issues and how to fix them.
If you are an Office 365 user, you will find it very easy to open and use the accessibility checker in Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Look for the Check Accessibility button on the Review tab on the Ribbon. Click it to open the Accessibility Checker.

screenshot of access checker on the Office ribbon

If you have an older version of Word, Excel or PowerPoint, and you do not see the Check Accessibility button on the Review tab on the Ribbon, follow these steps to open the accessibility checker.

  1. Click File > Info.

  2. Select the Check for Issues button.

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