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How do I check for accessibility issues in Microsoft Word?

In this tutorial you will learn how to use the built in Microsoft Word Accessibility Checker to check for accessibility issues with your documents.

1. Windows 10

1.1. Open your document

Use Microsoft Word to open your document.

For this tutorial we will be using Word 2016 (Version 16.0.4549.1000) on Windows 10.

1.2. Open the File Menu

Click on File in the upper left corner of the window.

1.3. Inspect Document for Issues

Click on Check for Issues then on Check Accessibility in the dropdown menu.

Microsoft Word Check for Issues and Check Accessibility buttons

The Accessibility Checker panel will be opened on the right side of the window.

You can click on each warning/tip/error to view additional information such as why and how to fix each issue.

Microsoft Word Accessibility Checker panel
2. Mac OSX

2.1. Open your document

Use Microsoft Word to open your document.

For this tutorial we will be using Word 2016 (version 15.41.0) on Mac OSX El Capitan (version 10.11.6)

Microsoft Word Home Tab

2.2. Open the Review Tab

Click on Review in the upper middle area of the window.

Microsoft Word Review Tab

2.3. Inspect Document for Issues

Click on Check Accessibility from the Review Tab toolbar.

Microsoft Word Accessibility Checker button

The Accessibility Checker panel will be opened on the right side of the window.

You can click on each warning/tip/error to view additional information such as why and how to fix each issue.

Microsoft Word Accessibility Checker panel