1. Save your document in the correct format
(A) Before using the checker, you need to save your document from within Word 2010 in .docx format
(B) When you save your document, the option to "Maintain compatibility with previous versions of Word" may be shown. If shown, make sure that it remains unchecked.
If you do not follow steps A and B above, the following error will show when you try to run the checker:
Note: If you must have a .doc file format (e.g., for policy reasons), save in the .docx format first, run the checks, and then save the checked / fixed document in the desired format.
2. Run the Accessibility Checker
(A) Select the Accessibility Checker Icon from the 508 Accessibility Help Tab of the Word 2010 ribbon.
(A) Select Check Accessibility from the File Tab: On the File Tab, in the Info Sub-Tab, select Check for Issues, then select Check Accessibility from the drop-down list
(B) The Accessibility Checker Pane Opens.
Note: You can get accessibility help (including the checker items) by selecting the Index button from the 508 Accessibility Help Tab of the Word 2010 ribbon.