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The Accessibility Reminder app is now generally available for Microsoft 365.

Over the last two years, accessibility in Microsoft 365 has become a focal point for many organizations. With over one billion people worldwide living with a disability, we want to ensure that everyone is included. I’ve been legally blind since the age of 19 when I was diagnosed with Stargardts Disease, an inherited retinal disease. I’m always looking for the best ways to collaborate with others and how to ask for help when I need it!

With this in mind, our Office Engineering team created a fantastic accessibility app called Accessibility Reminder, which is now generally available for Microsoft 365 users.

Accessibility Reminder raises awareness of the importance of having an accessible office.

  • Insert reminder comments in Word and Excel (as well as PowerPoint slides) to raise awareness of accessibility issues and encourage the use of the accessibility checker.
  • Create custom comments to notify specific document authors, as well as to include personalised messages, organization-specific links, training, and other features.
  • View training materials to learn more about accessibility and how to resolve issues.
  • Spread the word about the Accessibility Reminder to encourage more use and accountability.
Screenshots of the “Add Accessibility Comment” and “More Comments” buttons (both of which depict a person with a message bubble), as well as the “Reminders” button (Icon shows a message bubble).
Screenshot of an Accessibility Reminder comment that was added to a document.
How do I install and activate the plug-in?
  1. Go to the download page by clicking here.
  2. Click Get it now and sign in with your Microsoft 365 email address to get started.
  3. Once you’ve been authenticated, click Get it now, fill out the form, and check the box to allow the use of your profile before clicking Continue.
  4. You will then be directed to the download page for the Microsoft Garage project. Install the Accessibility Reminder app by clicking on each application. To get the add-in, select Open in Excel, Word, or PowerPoint.
Screenshot of the Microsoft Garage project download page, which includes icons for installing and launching the Accessibility Reminder app in Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.
How do I install the Accessibility Reminder app from within the app?

Select Get Add-ins (Alt + N A S) from the Insert menu on the ribbon. Search for “Reminder” in the search bar in the Office Add-ins dialogue window, then click Add on the “Accessibility Reminder, a Microsoft Garage project” option. Then, to accept the license terms and privacy policy, click Continue.

Author: Olivia Smith is a Microsoft Office expert and a full-time blogger with 5 years of experience in the technology industry. She has written technical blogs, white papers, and reviews for a variety of websites, including microsoft365.com/setup