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Adobe Acrobat Make Accessible Action

The Make Accessible action tool in Adobe Acrobat Pro DC assists you to reformat a document for accessibility. It walks you through several steps and prompts you to add information as needed. 

Keep in mind that the Make Accessible action will not make your document 100% accessible. There are some issues that will need to be resolved manually with the help of the Accessibility Checker. The Make Accessible action is a great place to begin the process because it assists you in fixing the most common errors first.

To use the Make Accessible action to create and verify accessibility, it is important that you are using Adobe Acrobat Pro DC, not just a PDF reader. Adobe Acrobat Pro DC is available free for TTU faculty and staff through the eRaider website.

Using Make Accessible Action

  1. Open your document in Adobe Acrobat Pro DC. Click on the Tools tab. 
    Box indicating the Tools tab in Adobe Acrobat Pro DC

  2. Find the Action Wizard tool and click on Add
    Arrow pointing to Action Wizard tool and the Add button

  3. Once you Open the Action Wizard, the Actions List will appear on the right-hand side of the screen. Select the Make Accessible action.
    Actions List in Acrobat Pro with box around Make Accessible action

  4. The Make Accessible pane will appear on the right-hand side of the screen. Click Start and then follow the prompts to complete the entire action.
    Arrow pointing to the Start button within the Make Accessible action in Acrobat Pro

  5. The final step the Make Accessible action will complete is to run the Accessibility Checker. It will alert you to any accessibility concerns remaining after the fixes made by the Make Accessible action. 
    Accessibility Checker result shown in Adobe Acrobat Pro DC

  6. Learn how to use the Accessibility Checker to resolve issues on our Adobe Accessibility Checker page

If you need any assistance using the Make Accessible action in Adobe Acrobat Pro DC, please contact us at elearning.oa@ttu.edu

Helpful Link

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