Using the Office 2010 Accessibility Checker

If you author or publish Office documents for customers to download and read, you may not be reaching all of your audience - specifically, those customers who have disabilities and use a reader tool to speak your document.

The Office 2010 Accessibility Checker is available for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents. To check whether a document has potential accessibility problems - such as lack of "alt text" for images and formatting that could make it hard for someone listening to your document to comprehend - simply click the File tab to access the "Backstage" area of your document, click the Check for Issues button and select Check Accessibility:

Check Accessibility

This will generate a report that looks similar to this in the pane to the right of your document:

Accessibility Checker

To add alt text to an image, right click it, select Format Picture and then Alt Text. Now you can enter at least a Title and, optionally, a more detailed Description:

Use Format Picture to add Alt Text


Comments (1)
  1. George Wang says:

    This is a great feature, is it possible to exposed via API so that other applications can use the function as well? That would open the feature to a much broader applications that manage Office files.

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