Windows "Take Home": Read&Write Download & Install

All UMD students, faculty, and staff may download a "Take Home" version of Read&Write (R&W) for their personal computers.

Note: If you do not have a email address, please email [email protected] before downloading, so you can be authorized to use R&W.

1. Download the software.

Go to the texthelp website. Select "Try Read&Write". Then choose Windows US EN from the dropdown menu.

Screenshot: Menu. Windows US EN selected. Unselected: Google Chrome, Mac, Android, iPad, Edge.

2. Install the software.

A dialog box will appear. It will read, "Hi, almost ready to install. By clicking the 'Accept and Install' button, I acknowledge that I accept the User terms."

Screenshot: 'Accept and Install' dialog box.

Click or Activate the "Accept and Install" button.

3. Open the software.

  • Double click or activate the Read&Write icon on your desktop.
  • Click or activate the Read&Write tab at the top of your screen.
    Icon: RW (Read&Write)

4. Sign in

A Read&Write sign in dialog box will appear. Select "Sign in with Google". Enter your email address to authenticate. If you do not have an email address, please refer to the previous note.

Screenshot: Sign in with Google.

5. The Read&Write toolbar should appear.

Screenshot: Toolbar

If it doesn't appear or you need help, call or stop by the ITSS TechCenter HelpDesk (218-726-8847, Kirby Plaza 165).

6. Enjoy using Read&Write!

For a tour of the toolbar watch the Windows Toolbar Video.