Accessibility in Microsoft Office 2007


Screen shot of open Word document with Ribbon buttons highlighted

Microsoft Office 2007 introduced more accessibility than ever before, making it easier for everyone to create documents, spreadsheets, and presentations with rich content. Finding frequently used commands was made easier with the completely redesigned user interface. Microsoft Office 2007 also provided improved compatibility with assistive technology products.


Accessibility Features in Microsoft Office 2007

Note: Some of the following links automatically open audio-visual training modules. Press ALT+LEFT ARROW, or select the BACK button, to return to the Accessibility site.

The Ribbon The menus and toolbars in some programs were replaced with the Ribbon. The Ribbon is designed to help you quickly find the commands that you need to complete a task and provides consistent icons among Office programs.

KeyTips and keyboard navigation Use the KeyTips feature to navigate quickly and easily through the Ribbon without memorizing shortcut keys. The Ribbon also supports 2-D navigation with the TAB, arrow, and F6 keys; or, you can use familiar shortcut keys and accelerators from previous versions of Microsoft Office.

Zoom The Zoom tool makes resizing your work area faster and easier.

Produce professional looking results quickly and easily Galleries simplify the process of creating great looking documents, presentations, and spreadsheets by showing a set of potential design choices. It's not necessary to make selections through complex dialog boxes to get professional results.

Live Preview Live Preview lets you see exactly how your gallery selection will look when it is applied.

Create diagrams and charts without a mouse Organizational charts, process

diagrams, and other Complex graphics can be created with SmartArt graphics tools, which are completely accessible from the keyboard or assistive technology devices.

Compose documents by talking to your computer Microsoft Office 2007 works with Windows Speech Recognition in the Windows Vista operating system, allowing you to navigate the user interface, compose documents, open email, and more, without using a mouse or keyboard.

Create accessible portals with SharePoint Designer 2007 SharePoint Designer 2007 includes a built-in compatibility checker for common accessibility standards to help make sure websites are easy to use for everyone. More Accessible Mode in SharePoint Services provides greater accessibility for custom controls.

Scroll, zoom, and more with Microsoft IntelliMouse Zoom and scroll directly with a Microsoft IntelliMouse or other device with similar technology.

Correct mistakes as you type Correct capitalization and spelling as you type, as well as formatting punctuation marks, symbols, and lists.