Use Heading Styles in the Home tab instead of a paragraph in a different font.
If you are using a small screen like a laptop, then Heading Styles is under Styles icon in the ribbon.
To change how a heading looks, it is better to customize the heading style by right-clicking the heading and choosing to Modify it. That way, all of the headings at the same level will be consistently styled.
Use Lists in the Home tab instead of tabbing and using a bullet.
Use Table in the Insert tab instead of tabbing to create a table.
Click on the table to access the Table Layout tab and use the Insert options to add rows and columns.
Click on the table to access the Table Layout tab and use the Delete option to delete rows and columns.
Do not use tables for formatting text in columns unless the data is tabular in structure (i.e., each cell can be mapped to a column header and a label in the first cell of the row). Be sure to mark that the table has a header row and first column on the Table Design tab. Screenreaders use this information to read the contents of the table in an order that makes sense.
Use unique meaningful link titles, not “click here” or the URL.
Add alternative text to images to convey their meaning to people who can't see them.
You can also add alt text by right clicking on the image and select Edit Alt Text from the menu.
Use Columns in the Layout tab to create columns instead of using tab or a table.
The NIU accessibility statement is required for all NIU syllabi.
The Check Accessibility feature found on the Review tab automatically analyzes your file for accessibility issues and explains how to fix them.
Don’t see Check Accessibility?
Read Aloud, next to the Check Accessibility, reads your document out loud like a screen reader.
Do not convert a document to PDF until you have considered:
To make a PDF accessible, you need Adobe Acrobat.
A PDF of a scanned document is inaccessible because a scan is an image.
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