Read & Write

Read & Write brings together text-to-speech within documents and on the web, study tools, OCR, and many more accessibility tools within one program. Students who are approved to receive Digital Course Materials can use Read & Write to access their requested materials and have them read aloud.

Who can use Read & Write?

All Penn State community members who have an active email address can access Read & Write. No additional sign up required.

Download App

Download the app using the appropriate link below and install the app following the on-screen instructions.

Signing into Read & Write

  1. Open the installed application
  2. When the app asks for authentication: Select the option for Microsoft Office 365.
  3. On the next screen, enter your Penn State email address (e.g.
  4. You will be authenticated through Penn State Web Access.


The toolbar below provides the following options:

  • Text-to-speech (play, pause, stop, forward, and back)
  • Highlighting tools
  • Screenshot Reader (OCR selected content)
  • Scan (OCR entire documents)
  • Speech-to text
  • Screen Masking
  • Spell Check
  • Word and Picture Dictionary
  • Translator

Note: Although the Read & Write toolbars on Windows, Mac, and Chrome look slightly different, all features are available on all platforms.


Getting Support

Read & Write Documentation

YouTube Video Demos

Contact Penn State Support

  • Students approved for disability related accommodations should contact their local disability services office (i.e., the person who approved your accommodations) for support.
  • All other Penn State community members should contact the IT Help Desk.