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Accessible Word Documents

Microsoft Word provides many built-in features that help make documents accessible. Below are a few important steps to start making your Word documents accessible.

Tips for Making Word Documents Accessible

Use Document Styles

Use heading and paragraph styles to structure your documents.

Add Alt Text

Add clear, concise descriptions to photos, charts, and graphics.

Fill in Document Properties

In the advanced document properties, enter title, subject, and author.

Name Hyperlinks Appropriately

Your link should contain meaningful text that reflects the link destination or subject, rather than simply saying “click here.”

Find these tips and more when you download the Accessibility Quick Card for Word Documents or download the complete set for more important tips.

Word Quick Card (PDF) Complete Quick Card Set (PDF)

Word Resources

What to Learn Next


Learn how to make your PDF documents accessible using Acrobat’s built-in features.


Learn how to design your documents with accessibility in mind using Adobe InDesign.


Learn how to make your presentations accessible with Microsoft PowerPoint.


Learn how to make your spreadsheets and charts accessible in Microsoft Excel.

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