This tutorial will show you how to add alt text to images in your canvas courses, Powerpoints, and Microsoft Word documents so that blind students who use screen readers can have an idea of what the image is.


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One step to making your course ADA compliant is adding alt text to all of the images in your course. The alt text should be a description of the image so that blind students who use screen readers can have an idea of what the image is. This tutorial will show you how to add alt text to an image in Canvas.

 

You can add alt text to an image in Canvas anywhere you see this toolbar:

Screenshot of the toolbar.

Step 1

If the image you would like to insert is already uploaded to Canvas, select the Images tab in the pane on the right and then select your image. Then skip to step 3. If not, select Upload A New Image.

Screenshot of the Images tab.

Step 2

Select Browse and open your image. Then select Upload.

Screenshot of the Choose File button.

Step 3

Your image will appear in the text editor where your cursor was. Continue adding all of your images and then select the blue Save button in the bottom right corner. But you're not done yet! This step may seem unnecessary, but your images won't stay on the page without it. You must save the page after you add images before you can add alt text. Keep reading to learn how to add alt text to the images you just embedded.

Screenshot of the Save button.

Step 4

Select the Edit button in the top right corner.

Step 5

Select the first image and then select the mountain icon in the toolbar.

Screenshot of an image.

Step 6

Type a description of the image into the Alt Text field and then select Update.

Screenshot of the Alt Text option.

Step 7

Repeat steps 6 and 7 for any other images and then select the blue Save button in the bottom right corner.

Screenshot of the Save button.

Step 1

Right-click on the image and then select Format Picture at the bottom of the menu.

Screenshot of the Format Picture option

Step 2

Select the third icon at the top of the window and then select ALT TEXT.

Screenshot of the Alt Text option

Step 3

Type a description of the image into the Title field. Then save the file.

Screenshot of typing in Alt Text.

Step 1

Right-click on the image and then select Format Picture at the bottom of the menu.

Screenshot of the Format Picture option.

Step 2

Select the third icon at the top of the window and then select ALT TEXT.

Screenshot of the Alt Text option.

Step 3

Type a description of the image into the Title field. Then save the file.

Screenshot of the alt text box.


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