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Sets options that make Office programs more accessible for users with reduced sight, limited dexterity or other disabilities.

To access this command...

Choose Tools - Options - Office - Accessibility.

Accessibility in Office

Options Accessibility Dialogue Box Image

Miscellaneous options

Sets accessibility options.

Support assistive technology tools (program restart required)

Allows you to use assistive tools, such as external screen readers, Braille devices or speech recognition input devices. The Java Runtime Environment must be installed on your computer before you can enable assistive support.

Use text selection cursor in read-only text document

Displays cursor in read-only documents.

Allow animated images

Previews animated graphics, such as GIF images, in Office.

Allow animated text

Previews animated text, such as blinking and scrolling, in Office.

Options for high-contrast appearance

High-contrast is an operating system setting that changes the system colour scheme to improve readability. You can decide how Office uses the high-contrast settings of the operating system.

Cell borders and shadows are always shown in text colour when high-contrast mode is active. The cell background colour is ignored then.

Automatically detect high-contrast mode of operating system

Switches Office into high-contrast mode when the system background colour is very dark.

Use automatic font colour for screen display

Displays fonts in Office using the system colour settings. This option only affects the screen display.

Use system colours for page previews

Applies the high-contrast settings of the operating system to page previews.