Accessibility in Microsoft Office 2007
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Accessibility Features in Microsoft Office 2007
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.
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
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.