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How to Install Read & Write

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What is Read & Write?

Read & Write lets everyone read, write, and express themselves more confidently. An easy-to-use toolbar makes documents, files, and web pages more accessible. Read & Write is a big confidence booster for anyone who needs a little support with reading and writing at school or in the workplace. Its friendly literacy features help English Language Learners and people with learning difficulties.

From hearing emails or documents read aloud to text prediction, picture dictionaries, summary highlighters, and a grammar, spelling, and confusable words checker, Read & Write makes many everyday literacy tasks simpler, quicker, and more accurate.

How to Install Texthelp (Read & Write) Extension(s)

Google Chrome account information.
  • Launch Microsoft Edge browser, sign in with Microsoft, and log in with your full Southern New Hampshire University email address and password credential associated with the SNHU/Microsoft 365 account.
Microsoft single sing in.
  • Personalize the Microsoft Edge browser and enable the "Allow extensions from other stores."
Microsoft edge personalize browser with extension window.

By allowing "Allow extensions from other stores," you will also be able to install the additional Texthelp Add-ons such as EquatIO from the Chrome Web Store.

Please note: If you are signed in to the Google Chrome browser with a personal or work Gmail, the Texthelp "Read & Write" extension(s) will automatically authenticate with that email. The "Need admin approval" denied permissions is going to appear.

Read and Write “need admin approval” pop-up window.

You will have to sign out and make sure "Sync is off." You will then need to go into the Read & Write settings and select "Sign in with Microsoft."

How to install Read & Write Desktop:

The Desktop install is for Non-SNHU issued computers. If you are using an assigned SNHU computer, please install the Microsoft Edge browser extensions as recommended.

Read & Write for Windows

  • Go to the Read & Write website and choose "Try Read&Write."
  • Select Windows US EN when presented with the drop-down options to choose your operating system.
  • Select the Install button.
  • Select Read & Write for Windows- the US is in the drop-down menu to start your download
  • Once the download is complete, click on the file (read%26write.exe) to start the installation.
  • When prompted, select "Yes" to allow Read & Write to make changes to your device
  • A Read & Write installation wizard will pop up and guide you through the terms of service and the installation.
  • Once the installation window closes, navigate to your desktop and click on the Read & Write icon to launch the software.
  • When prompted, select Sign in with Microsoft and log in with your full Southern New Hampshire University email address and password to activate your Read &  Write license.
Microsoft single sign in.
  • Once you have signed in successfully, the installation and setup are complete.

Please note: If you are signed in to the Google Chrome browser with a personal or work Gmail, the Texthelp "Read & Write" Desktop Install will automatically authenticate with that email. The "Need admin approval" denied permissions is going to appear.

Read and Write request for admin approval on a windows.
  • You will have to sign out and make sure "Sync is off." You will then need to go into the Read & Write settings and select "Sign in with Microsoft."

Please visit Texthelp Support for additional information about technical requirements

How to install Read & Write (MAC)

  • Go to the Read & Write website and choose "Try Now."
  • Choose "Mac OS," then select "Install."
    • The Read&Write.dmg file will download.

Look for the downloaded file and open it. Follow the instructions to drag the icon into your Applications folder.

Read and write application icon.

From the Applications folder, choose the Read and Write icon:

  • If you get a dialog box asking, "Are you sure you want to open it? " select "Open."
    • When prompted to accept the user terms, choose "I accept the user terms."
    • When prompted for a sign-in method, choose Microsoft Sign in and log in with your full Southern New Hampshire University email address and password to activate your Read &  Write license.
Microsoft single sing in.

Please note: If you are signed in to the Google Chrome browser with a personal or work Gmail, the Texthelp "Read & Write" Desktop Install will automatically authenticate with that email. The "Need admin approval" denied permissions is going to appear.

The need admin approval pop-up for read and wrtie on a Mac.
  • You will have to sign out and make sure "Sync is off." You will then need to go into the Read & Write settings and select "Sign in with Microsoft."
  • You will get the message "Read & Write wants access to control..." dialog box. Choose "OK."
  • Sign in as usual with your Microsoft Sign in and log in with your full Southern New Hampshire University email address and password.
  • The Read and Write icon will appear in the top right corner of your screen. Choose it to open the Read & Write toolbar.

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