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MS Word Files

Document Accessibility

Make sure that your WORD files are accessible to people with disabilities.

  • Consider other formats, such as HTML

Document Speed

  • Purge the toys:
    • Unclick "allow fast saves" in the Tools/Options/Save menu
    • Track Changes – accept changes and turn off
    • Comments – delete if possible
    • And then 'Save As'
  • Other formats:
    • Convert to PDF then RTF (but formatting will be lost)
    • Converting straight to RTF will create larger files

Write Searchable Documents

To optimise your files for search engines:

  • Fill out the document 'Properties' – displayed in search results
  • Use Structural elements properly eg.:
    • Slide titles
  • Split large documents into sections:
    • Get more content indexed
    • Documents will load faster
  • Provide alt text for images:
    • Adds more 'indexable' text to your page
    • If done well is good for accessibility for people with disabilities