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Read&Write is a literacy support tool that helps users more effectively access and engage with written materials. Through an easy to access and customizable toolbar, Read&Write provides features designed to aid in reading, writing, studying, and various research related activities. Read&Write also helps improve outcomes for users with learning disabilities, literacy challenges, and those studying English as a second language.

Features - at a glance


Read what I type including individual words, passages, or whole documents aloud with easy-to-follow dual color highlighting.

Text & Picture Dictionaries

Provide definitions and display images to help with word comprehension.

Vocabulary List

Creates a list instantly into a new doc, including selected words, the dictionary definitions, images from Widgit Symbols, and an editable notes column.

Check It

Reviews writing for incorrect grammar, spelling (phonetic), capitalization, punctuation, verb tense and more.

Audio Maker

Converts selected text into an audio file, and automatically downloads.


Turns the spoken word into text (unavailable for Read&Write for Mac users).

How to Get Read&Write

Read&Write for Windows, Mac, Google Chrome, MS Edge, Android, and iPad is centrally funded and available to all faculty, staff, and students at MSU.

To download Read&Write:

  1. Access the Texthelp Read&Write webpage.
  2. Click the "Try Read&Write" button, and choose the desired platform. (Note: the Google Chrome store cannot be accessed when logged into your MSU Google account.)
  3. Follow the corresponding instructions to install.
  4. Activate the application by signing in through either Microsoft or Google using your MSU login and password.