Check for accessibility issues

The Accessibility Checker helps you find and fix accessibility issues, just like Spell Checker tells you about possible spelling errors. The Accessibility Checker works in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

The Accessibility Checker shows you a report of the issues it finds, and explains why each issue might make a problem for someone with a disability. Finally. it tells you how fix the issue.

Use the Accessibility Checker

To watch a video about how to use the Accessibility Checker, see Find and fix accessibility issues in Word 2016.

  1. Click File > Info.

  2. If the Accessibility Checker sees any potential issues, you will see a message next to the Check for Issues button.

    Inspect Document in Word 2013

  3. To view and repair the issues in your file, click Check for Issues > Check Accessibility.

    Check Accessibility command in Word 2013

    Your file reappears, and the Accessibility Checker task pane shows the inspection results.

    Accessibility Checker task pane showing results of Accessibility Check

  4. Click a specific issue to see Additional Information and steps you can take to change the content.

Accessibility Checker rules

The Accessibility Checker checks your file against a set of rules that identify possible issues in your file for people who have disabilities. Each issue is classified as an Error, Warning, or Tip. To learn more about these, see Rules used by the Accessibility Checker.

  • Error    An error is for content that makes a file very difficult or impossible for people with disabilities to understand.

  • Warning    A warning is for content that in most, but not all, cases makes a file difficult for people with disabilities to understand.

  • Tip    A tip is for content that people with disabilities can understand, but that might be better organized or presented in a way that would improve their experience.

Fixing some issues might require you to change, reformat, or update your content.

Accessibility Checker also lets you know about Office features you can use to make your content more accessible.

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