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Create an Accessible Word Document

Time commitment

5 - 10 minutes


The purpose of this guide is to provide support for users of Microsoft Word 2021 and later, emphasizing accessibility features. It advises on setting up and utilizing tools like the Accessibility Checker and Navigation Pane to ensure documents meet accessibility standards throughout their creation. Additionally, it instructs on formatting practices, such as using descriptive filenames, proper heading structure, accessible fonts, and correct table and image formatting, aiming to create documents that are accessible to all users, including those utilizing screen readers.

The library is committed to ensuring that members of our user community with disabilities have equal access to our services and resources and that their dignity and independence is always respected. If you encounter a barrier and/or need an alternate format, please fill out our Library Print and Multimedia Alternate-Format Request Form. Contact us if you’d like to provide feedback: lib.a11y@uoguelph.ca