Managing Content

Now that we've created a structure to our document, the next step is to make sure that students can access the content with in that structure.



Image Description Guidelines (Links to an external site.)


Adding Alt Text to images

  • Do one of the following:

    • For a shape, picture, chart, SmartArt graphic, or other object, right-click the object, click Format ObjectFormat PictureFormat Chart Area, or other, and then click Alt Text.


      Note: The pane where you click Alt Text is dynamic and the title and lists change depending on the object you click.

      To add Alt Text to the entire SmartArt graphic or chart, click the border of the SmartArt graphic or chart, and not an individual shape or piece.

  • In the Description box, enter an explanation of the shape, picture, chart, SmartArt graphic, or other object. This box should always be filled in.


  • In the Title box, enter a brief summary. This box should only be filled in if you are entering a detailed or long explanation in the Description box.

    Note: Sometimes for complex charts and items that require a long description, you may be easier to put the description in the body of the document, rather then in the alt text.


Source: (Links to an external site.)


Create a bulleted or numbered list

Word for Office 365 Word 2016 Word 2013 Word 2010 Word 2007

When you type 1, a period, a space, and some text, then press Enter, Word automatically starts a numbered list for you. Type * and a space before your text, and Word makes a bulleted list.

When you’re done with the list, press Enter until the bullets or numbering switches off.

Create a list from existing text

  1. Select the text you want to change into a list.

  2. Go to HomeBullets or Numbering.

Note: You can find different bullet styles and numbering formats by clicking the down arrow next to Bullets or Numbering.


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