This is an overview of creating accessible Excel spreadsheets using Microsoft Excel 2016. Accessible spreadsheets allow information to be readily available for assistive technology. Screen readers can easily navigate the content when accessibility is considered during the design process. This will not only benefit people with disabilities, but overall usability will improve for all users. Accessibility is for everyone.
- Creating Accessible Excel Sheets for Windows (.pdf)
- Creating Accessible Excel Sheets For Mac (.pdf)
- Excel Accessibility Checklist (coming soon!)
- Always add accessibility to an Excel Sheet during the design/creation process. Do not wait until the end to add accessibility.
- Use the Accessibility Checker to scan your spreadsheets.
- Save the file name with dashes or underscores between words such as Excel-Document-Accessibility.xlsx or Excel_Document_Accessibility.xlsx.
- Consider readability for content development.
- Excel Tips by Penn State
- Microsoft Support on Making Excel Spreadsheets Accessible
- Excel and label everything in your graph with talking software
- Excel 2013 & 2016: Creating an Accessible Excel Spreadsheet, Part 1
- Excel 2013 & 2016: Creating an Accessible Excel Spreadsheet, Part 2
- Excel 2013 & 2016: Accessible Excel Forms, Part 1
- Excel 2013 & 2016: Accessible Excel Forms, Part 2