Microsoft Word: Use An Accessibility Checker


Microsoft's built-in accessibility checker works with any version of Word that was released after 2010. 

  1. In the main toolbar, select Review.
  2. Select Check accessibility.
  3. Review your results. You'll be presented with a list of errors, warnings, and tips with how-to-fix recommendations for each. 
  4. Select a specific issue to see why and how you should fix it. To learn more, consult the complete list of rules for Microsoft's Accessibility Checker.

A Word About Automated Accessibility Checkers

Automated accessibility checkers highlight areas in your document that might be problematic for people with disabilities, as well as for anyone using assistive technology. Accessibility checkers can:

  • catch accessibility mistakes
  • provide guidance about how to fix accessibility errors
  • update according to changes in tools and accessibility-related laws. 

Accessibility checkers cannot find all accessibility issues. In addition, accessibility checkers won't be able to tell you whether your content makes sense or is out of date. Accessibility checkers and critical thinking must work in tandem to create an accessible document.