PDF Conversion In Microsoft Word 2007/2010 Documents

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Converting to PDF

To produce accessible PDF files for the web, the following requirements must be met:

  1. The file must meet accessibility standards by providing alternative text for images, proper headings, appropriate link text, etc.
  2. The file must be exported correctly. If a file is created by printing to PDF, it will not be correctly tagged.
  3. Office 2007 users must have either Acrobat or the Microsoft PDF add-in installed. Office 2010 users can create tagged PDF files natively or with the Adobe add-in.

Note

The following instructions can also be used to convert PowerPoint files to PDF.

Word 2007

Adobe Add-in

The Adobe Add-in, also called PDF Maker, is the best choice to create high-quality tagged PDF files.

  1. To export a PDF, click on the Office button, hover over Save As, and select Adobe PDF (or use shortcut Alt+F, F, A).
  2. Screenshot of Adobe PDF option located under the Save As menu.
  3. Or you can select Create PDF from the Acrobat ribbon. A dialog box will appear.
  4. Screenshot of Create PDF option located under the Acrobat Ribbon in Word.
  5. The program should create a tagged PDF file by default. If not, select Adobe PDF Conversion Options and select the Create Accessible (Tagged) PDF file option.
  6. Screenshot of the Adobe PDF Conversion Options, where the Create Accessible Tagged PDF File is selected.

Microsoft Add-in

Word 2007 offers a free Save as PDF Add-in that allows you to create tagged PDF files without installing Acrobat. This is available at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=7.

  1. Click on the Office Button, hover over Save As, and select Adobe PDF (or use shortcut Alt+F, F, P).
  2. Screenshot of the Adobe PDF Save As option.
  3. Before saving, select Options and ensure that the Document structure tags for accessibility option is selected.
  4. Screenshot of Options window where Document structure tags for accessibility option is selected.

Word 2010

Adobe Add-in

Please note the Acrobat add-in is only available to users who have Acrobat X installed and have the 32-bit version of Office 2010.

  1. To export a PDF, select Create PDF from the Acrobat ribbon.
  2. Screenshot of the Create PDF button on the Acrobat ribbon.
  3. Or you can select File> Save as Adobe PDF. A dialog box will appear.
  4. The program should create a tagged PDF file by default.
  5. If not, select Preferences from the Acrobat ribbon and ensure that Enable Accessibility and Reflow with tagged Adobe PDF is selected.
  6. Screenshot of Adobe PDF Maker with Enable Accessibility and Reflow with tagged Adobe PDF option selected under the Application Settings sub-menu.

Saving PDF Natively

Tagged PDF files can still be created without installing Acrobat.

  1. Select File > Save As.
  2. Under Save as Type, select PDF.
  3. Before saving, select Options and ensure that the Document structure tags for accessibility option is selected.
  4. Screenshot of Options menu with Document structure tags for accessibility option selected

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