[Athen] Word for Mac headings question

Pyatt, Elizabeth J ejp10 at psu.edu
Thu Jul 25 12:27:59 PDT 2019

It may be that the instructor hasn’t had a chance to upgrade her version of Word. The ability of Mac Word to create a tagged PDF is relatively new (not until Office 2016 and perhaps tied to Office 365). The tool is a little different from the Windows version.

Penn State has documentation at

It also includes an alternate Open Office workflow.

Hope this helps

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Hi everyone,

We have been contacted by an instructor who is trying to make her documents accessible. She uses a Mac, and when she creates a document in Word on the Mac and then saves it as a PDF, the headings do not carry over. I recall this being discussed in the past but can?t recall if there is a fix. Any ideas are most welcome.

I found an article that suggested opening the Word document in Google Docs, going through the documents and ensuring all headings were there, and then downloading the document as a PDF. I haven?t tried this to see if it works, but would like a less complicated method, if there is one.

Thanks all.


Elizabeth J. Pyatt, Ph.D.
Accessibility IT Consultant
Teaching and Learning with Technology
Penn State University
ejp10 at psu.edu<mailto:ejp10 at psu.edu>, (814) 865-0805 or
accessibility at psu.edu<mailto:accessibility at psu.edu> (main office)

The 300 Building, 112
304 West College Avenue
University Park, PA 16802

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