Does my PDF have tags?

The majority of accessibility occurs in the tags panel but how do you know if your PDF has tags in it?

Important Note: You will need Adobe Acrobat Pro to determine if your document has tags in it. Tags provide the foundation for accessibility and PDFs. If your document is not tagged, it will not be read properly by screen readers and assistive technology.

Does my PDF have tags Video Overview

How to check if your PDF has tags?

There are a couple of ways to view if your PDF has tags in it.

Option 1

  1. Open a document in adobe acrobat pro
  2. Right click the far left side of the menu
  3. Select tag
Open a document in adobe acrobat pro
Right click the far left side of the menu
Select tag

Option 2

  1. Select View
  2. Select Show / Hide
  3. Select Navigational Panels
  4. Select Tags
Select View
Select Show / Hide
Select Navigational Panels
Select Tags

Your document will either say No Tags or you will see a list of tags available.

Document with no tags

This means that the document is not going to be read properly by assistive technology.

Sample PDF with no tags available

Document with tags

This example provides a tagged PDF with information that is passed onto assistive technology.

sample document with tags

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