Accessibility Advice Series: Using Appropriate Heading Structures

11 April 2023

Tech & Innovation

A close up of a keyboard featuring 3 particular keys depicting Blind Deaf and Disabled logos.

Headings are important for helping people quickly identify the different types of content on your document or page and what order to read in. Most of the time, that’s all people tend to read in today’s fast paced, high content digital landscape. That is why headings are also important for screen reader users to navigate from. Think of it as a visual hierarchy to help users find their information.

Here’s how to apply headings in Microsoft Word:

  1. Navigate to the Home tab on the Menu bar.
  2. Highlight the text in which you want to apply the heading style.
  3. Select the appropriate heading (Heading 1, 2 or 3) from the Styles box.

If you’d like any more information about how to make things more digitally accessible, check out our website – it’s full of advice that you can use to be more inclusive to people who are blind, deafblind or have low vision. Alternatively, give us a call on 0800 24 33 33 to speak to someone about any other accessibility help you require.


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