Check for Document Language

One of the other important things to check for in your PDF document is the document language.  The document language tells the user in what language the document is supposed to be read.  This enables the user to set screen readers or other assistive technology to the correct language settings in order to access the document.  In order to set the language for an entire PDF document in Acrobat Professional and Acrobat Standard, do the following:

  1. Go to the File menu.
  2. Select the Properties option.  The Document Properties window appears.
  3. Select the Advanced tab.
  4. Navigate to the Reading Options area.
  5. Select English from the language menu.  If your document language is not English, select the appropriate language from the drop down list.

Video Tutorial - How to Check for Document Language (1:35)


  • This training has been funded in part by the EnACT (Ensuring Access through Collaboration and Technology) grant. 
  • Written and developed by Sacramento State Online Learning professionals, Monica Range and Cryssel Vera and technical crew, Ivan Vajar, Ken Young, and Jennifer Wicks with guidance from the CSU Professional Development Work Group.


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