Preparing Accessible PDF files

Learn how to check the accessibility of your existing PDF files. The Full Check/Accessibility Check tool verifies whether the document conforms to accessibility standards, such as PDF/UA and WCAG 2.0. The Accessibility Report summarizes the findings of the accessibility check.


Available in Acrobat Pro DC only.

Using the Acrobat Pro DC Accessibility Check (Full Check)

  1. In Acrobat Pro DC, select Accessibility from the Tools center or pane.

    Accessibility Step 1

  2. In the right-hand pane, select Full Check.

    Accessibility Step 2

  3. In the dialog box, select a category from the dropdown, and items from the checklist.

    Leave every box checked for a complete report.

  4. Click Start Checking to begin the report.

    Accessibility Step 3

    The left navigation pane opens to show the report results.

  5. Expand a section to see the details.

    Accessibility Step 4

You can also use the Make Accessible action in the Action Wizard tool, which walks through a basic set of steps to create an accessible PDF.

Fix accessibility issues

In the accessibility report window, right-click on an item to bring up the context menu. The context menu for any item that failed the accessibility check gives you the option to fix the issue.

Please note: some issues cannot be fixed automatically and need your manual intervention to correct the problem. In those cases, Acrobat present a dialog box telling you what to correct.

Click to download a PDF of the Preparing Accessible PDF files tutorial.

Download Accessibility tutorial.

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