Read&Write/Orbit Note Help

Read&Write and Orbit Note are available for all University of Montana students, faculty, and staff for use on and off campus.

These literacy software solutions support struggling readers and writers, those with literacy difficulties (including dyslexia), and English language learners through a host of reading, writing, and study/research features.  Read&Write/Orbit Note is supported on Windows and Mac platforms and is used globally in education, the workplace, and at home. 

Read&Write is a floating toolbar allowing users to access Read&Write features from within other programs such as Word, web browsers, or PDF readers. Orbit Note is a cloud-based accessible PDF reading solution accessible from any browser.

How to request Read&Write

Please click the “Request Service” button at the top right-hand side of the screen to register for Read&Write. 

How to request Orbit Note

Access to Orbit Note is available by logging into the Orbit Note website at and doesn’t require any download or installation.

How do I download, install, and activate Texthelp's Read&Write for my PC or Macintosh?

After you register for Read&Write, you will receive a link to download to software. Select download the 30-day trial for your operating system. Follow the login information below to activate Read&Write after the program installs. These instructions work for both Windows and Mac.


After program installation, run Read&Write from the desktop icon (it should start automatically)

On the log-in option pop-up screen that appears – Select Sign in with Microsoft







Sign in with your student netid (

Microsoft sign in page








After clicking Next, you will be directed to log into Cyberbear. 

Log into Cyberbear with your Cyberbear credentials (netid ab123456, and password) 

Cyber Bear Sign in Page








Read&Write will authorize and ask you to stay signed in – click Yes

Pop up asking to stay signed in









Authorizing Read&Write for Faculty/Staff must use instead of their NetId.

Microsoft sign in page for staff








Once this information has been entered, select Next. Your Cyberbear password will be required to complete the login procedure.

Microsoft sign in page for staff password page 







After this, follow step 5 from above.


Install Read&Write as any other program. Read&Write, by default, runs at startup and will be available when students log into the computer. Students who desire to use the program will have to follow the steps above to activate Read&Write.


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