1. Read & Write
Read & Write: Personal Software to help with homework

MSU student, faculty and staff can get a free copy of Read & Write.

Read & Write is an award - winning software tool that can help students improve writing, research, study skills and reading. Read & Writealso has a variety of tools built in to benefit English Language Learner users who may struggle with reading fluency, comprehension, and word pronunciation.

Read & Write can help whether you are a freshman, a graduate student, or somewhere in between; no matter what your ability level or learning style is.

Tools included with Read & Write:

  • Text-to-speech, including Speech Maker, which converts text into a downloadable sound file such as MP3 so you can listen to your study guides and other papers on the go. Text is read aloud, including websites and PDF Files, with dual highlighting using custom, natural sounding voices. Text-to Speech is highly customizable, and can read aloud by each word, sentence, paragraph, or selected text. The voices are also customizable and can be adjusted to suit the user by altering the pitch, speed, volume and/or word pause.

  • Phonetic spell checker analyzes and corrects spelling and returns more suggestions for common spelling errors. Definitions for word choices can also be shown and read aloud.

  • Word Prediction learns your writing style and predicts the word you are typing and the word you want to use next. It also increases accuracy while reducing key strokes.

  • Summary feature allows you to summarize a Microsoft Word document by trimming down its content by 0% to 75%

  • On screen highlighting can highlight and extract text from any document or website to create study guides, outlines, or to complete assignments using different highlight colors. Highlight with different colors, and then collect the highlighted text to create a new document.

  • Speech-to-text allows users to convert speech to text. This voice recognition tool makes use of a simple training program with audible prompts to prepare the computer for recognizing the speaker's voice.

  • Word Wizard provides a great choice of alternative words and provides a list of linking words. Each of the descriptions and sample sentences can be read by RWG to help find the word to use.
Read & Write is customizable, easy to use toolbar seamlessly integrates with familiar applications including Microsoft Word, Internet Explorer, and Adobe Reader, Chrome, Google Docs and Firefox, allowing students to access the support tools they need from within mainstream software programs.

Students, faculty and staff can access the software on computers in instrumented classrooms and clusters, and they have the option to install the software for free on personal and MSU–owned computers. Download the Windows or Mac version of Read & Write to install on your personal computer below.

Download Read & Write Here

For additional information on how Read & Write works, please access these useful links and video tutorials created by the makers of Read & Write:

For any further information related to Read & Write Gold and Murray State University, please contact the Office of Student Disability Services.


(formerly called Read & Write GOLD)

1.1. Download Read & Write

Please use the links below to download the Read & Write for installation on faculty, staff, or students' personal devices. Please be aware that this program is very large and may take some time to download and install.

Download Read&Write for Windows *

Download Read&Write for Mac *

Download Read&Write for Google Chrome 
(link will open in Chrome Web Store)

Download Read&Write for Microsoft Edge;
(link will open in Windows Store)

Download Read&Write for iPad 
(link will open in Apple Store)

Download Read&Write for Android
(link will open in Google Play Store)

*You will need to provide your MSU network credentials to access the files.


Special installation instructions:

Windows: After downloading the file, extract and run the installer. This will begin downloading the program files, so it may take a while to complete. When you run the program for the first time, you will see the activation prompt (below). Do not change either fieldsimply click the Activate button to activate the software.

Screenshot of activation window 


Mac: After downloading the file, extract and run the installer. You may get an error that the file is damaged. This is due to new security restrictions in Mac OS X. If you receive this error, follow the instructions at https://support.texthelp.com/help/my-take-home-file-says-it-is-damaged.


Formerly called "Read & Write GOLD"