Headings are a great way to tell people what they need to know quickly. In this module, you'll learn how to use styles for headings to make your documents easier to navigate.
To add a heading style
Type this text into a Word document:
Fly fishing on the Olympic peninsula There I was, up to my knees in the icy-cold water of the Hoh river. It was November 2009.
Select the phrase, "Fly fishing on the Olympic peninsula".
In the Styles gallery on the Home tab (press Alt+H, then L), click the Heading 1 button.
Word applied font and color changes to the phrase, and set it apart to help make it clear that this is the title, the Heading 1, of the article. The next article section would be a Heading 2.
Clear, well-formatted Headings can go a long way toward making sure your Word documents meet global accessibility standards.
Headings give readers clues about the information in each section of a document. By quickly scanning headings, readers decide what to skip over, and what to read in-depth.
For users with a vision or reading disability, Headings are even more critical. Many people use screen-readers to create a list of Headings, so they can skim the document to find the content they want.
But this type of navigation works only when the document’s author uses Heading Styles. Screen readers and text-to-speech tools are programmed to recognize them.
To add a heading style to text in Word, select the text, choose the Home tab in the ribbon, and in the Styles box, pick the heading style you want.
When you save your document in another format for download, such as HTML or PDF, Word retains the headings styles, so everyone can still get the benefits of your headings.
And remember, when you’re writing headings, keep them Short, Specific to the information that follows them, and Clear to someone new to the topic.
For more tips on creating accessible content, visit aka.ms/accessible.