How to Check Microsoft Word Documents for Accessibility

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In Brief...

Check your documents for content that people with disabilities might find difficult to read.

This feature works the same in all modern versions of Microsoft Word: 2010, 2013, and 2016.


  1. Select the File menu tab, and from the Info section, select Check for Issues.

  2. From the drop-down list, select Check Accessibility.
    Check Accessibility

  3. The Accessibility Checker pane will launch, with any issues listed.
    Accessibility Checker Pane

  4. To correct an issue, select it and view information about how to fix it.
    View Issues

Author: Dave Dunn

Dave Dunn joined Webucator as Chief Operating Officer in early 2009. He has served as a CFO and COO for numerous small and medium-sized companies, including Summit Software Company, Insight Research Group, Avalon Consulting, and HealthcareOne. He has expertise in business development, financial management, marketing and human resources and particularly enjoys working with rapidly growing companies.

Dave received his Bachelor of Arts from Hamilton College and his MBA from Syracuse University. He has served as Chairman of the Board of the Montessori School of Syracuse since 2001.