Create accessible spreadsheets using Microsoft Excel
Microsoft Excel spreadsheets are perhaps the most common way to share and manage sets of data, but for users of assistive technology, they are not always accessible. Although the text within Excel spreadsheets can be read by assistive technology, the spreadsheet’s more complex sets of information and functions may be difficult for assistive technology to read.
To provide an accessible experience in Microsoft Excel, authors must follow the core guidelines outlined in the General guidelines for accessible documents. Authors must also implement as many of the accessibility principles below as possible.
These guidelines and screenshots apply to Microsoft Excel 2013 on Windows. There may be differences when applying the techniques with other versions of Microsoft Excel.
For downloadable cheat-sheets and information about different versions of Excel, please visit the National Center on Disability and Access to Education’s section on Excel.