How to add alt text to different kinds of visual content

Alt text adds descriptive text to an image. Screen readers are able to read this information to users who can’t see the image.
NOTE: We recommend only putting text in the description field and leaving the title blank. This will provide the best experience with most major screen readers including Narrator. For audio and video content, in addition to alt text, include closed captioning for people who are deaf or have limited hearing.

Add alt text to images like pictures, clip art and screenshots

1. Right-click an image.
2. Select Format Picture > Size & Properties.
3. Select Alt Text.
4. Type a description and a title.
TIP: Include the most important information in the first line, and be as concise as possible.

Add alt text to SmartArt graphics

1. Right-click a SmartArt graphic.
2. Select Format Shape > Shape Options > Size & Properties.
3. Select Alt Text.
4. Type a description and a title.
TIP: Include the most important information in the first line, and be as concise as possible.

Add alt text to shapes

This describes how to add alt text to shapes, including shapes within a SmartArt graphic.
1. Right-click a shape.
2. Select Format Shape > Shape Options > Size & Properties.
3. Select Alt Text.
4. Type a description and a title.
TIP: Include the most important information in the first line, and be as concise as possible.

Add alt text to PivotCharts

1. Right-click a PivotChart.
2. Select Format Chart Area > Chart Options > Size & Properties.
3. Select Alt Text.
4. Type a description and a title.
TIP: Include the most important information in the first line, and be as concise as possible.

Add alt text to tables

1. Right-click a table.
2. Select Table > Alternative Text.
3. Type a description and a title.
TIP: Include the most important information in the first line, and be as concise as possible.