My Take Home file says it is damaged

If you receive the following message when trying to run Read&Write for Mac Take Home, there is a security setting to allow the file to be downloaded

If using Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan and older

Damaged file window

Note: you must be logged in with an administrator account for this procedure


1) Click on the System Preferences icon

Read&Write toolbar


2) Go to Security & Privacy   

System Preferences window


3) Click the lock icon and enter your password to make changes

Unlock window


4) On the General tab under Allow application downloaded from select Anywhere

Security and Privacy Anywhere window


5) Click Allow from anywhere when prompted, then close the Security & Privacy window


You will now be able to run Read&Write for Mac Take Home. Once Read&Write has been activated, you can reset Allow applications downloaded from: back to Mac App store and identified developers by following the steps outlined above.


Instructions for OS X 10.12 Sierra and OS X 10.3 High Sierra


Note: you must be logged in with an administrator account for this procedure


1) Open Finder and go to Applications > Utilities

2) In the Utilities folder, locate Terminal


Utilities window


3) In Terminal type the following command:


sudo spctl --master-disable


Terminal window


4) Enter your password


Follow the instructions through to Step 5


To reset the Security and Privacy setting, repeat Steps 1 and 2 in the OS X 10.12 Sierra instructions above


5) In Terminal type the following command:


sudo spctl --master-enable


Terminal window


This will reset Security and Privacy  back to its default setting