Extensions required for Read&Write for Google Chrome

Overview

There are three extensions and an app that are all part of the Read&Write for Google Chrome product: 

The Read&Write for Google Chrome, Screenshot Reader, and Texthelp PDF Reader extensions and the Texthelp PDF Reader Drive App.  

The three extensions and app can be installed from the Chrome Web Store by the end user or deployed by a Google administrator. This document takes you through the initial user experience for each of these starting with the Read&Write for Google Chrome extension. 

If you are a Google administrator:

Read&Write for Google Chrome, Screenshot Reader, PDF Reader extension, and PDF Reader app can all be deployed through the Google Admin Console. See How to deploy apps and extensions through the Google Admin Console.

If deployed through the Admin Console, users will not have to install anything and will only have to accept permissions the first time they use Read&Write for Google Chrome and Texthelp PDF Reader.


Read&Write for Google Chrome Extension

To get started with Read&Write for Google Chrome, you need to install the Read&Write for Google Chrome extension from the Chrome Web Store unless it has already been installed or deployed by a Google administrator. 

How can I tell if Read&Write for Google Chrome extension has been installed or deployed by a Google administrator? 

Type chrome://extensions and search for “Read&Write for Google Chrome”. If installed/deployed, it will be listed with your extensions. 

If Read&Write for Google Chrome isn’t listed with your extensions, you can add it from the Chrome Web Store.

Note: If you try to add the extension and see the Remove from Chrome button, the extension is already added to Chrome.

Remove from Chrome button

Once the Read&Write for Google Chrome extension has been added, you will see the purple puzzle piece extension icon alongside other Chrome extensions.  

To open the Read&Write for Google Chrome web toolbar in a webpage, click the purple puzzle piece extension icon (also known as the discoverability tab) 

The Read&Write for Google Chrome purple puzzle piece icon with Chrome extensions

The Read&Write for Google Chrome web toolbar

To open Read&Write for Google Chrome toolbar with Google Docs/Slides, click the purple puzzle piece tab.

The Read&Write for Google Chrome purple puzzle piece tab on the Google Docs toolbar

The Read&Write for Google Chrome purple puzzle piece tab on the Google Slides toolbar

The Read&Write for Google Chrome toolbar for Google Docs

The first time you open Read&Write for Google Chrome, you will be prompted to select an account and grant permissions. Once the account is verified and required permissions have been granted, you can start to use Read&Write for Google Chrome. 

For more on Permissions, see Allowing or removing permissions - Read&Write for Google Chrome - Granting Permissions 

Screenshot Reader Extension

To use the Screenshot Reader feature in Read&Write for Google Chrome, you need to install the Screenshot Reader extension from the Chrome Web Store unless it has already been installed or deployed by a Google administrator. 

Screenshot Reader button on Read&Write for Google Chrome web toolbar

If not already installed/deployed, users will be prompted to install it the first time they try to use the Screenshot Reader feature from any of the Read&Write for Google Chrome toolbars.

When prompted, click Install.


Click Add to Chrome.

Once the extension has been added, the purple Texthelper icon will appear alongside other Chrome extensions. 

You can now use Screenshot Reader by clicking the Screenshot Reader button on the Read&Write for Google Chrome toolbars. 

Note: If the Screenshot Reader Texthelper extension icon is greyed out that indicates that Screenshot Reader is not available on the current website. 


Texthelp PDF Reader Extension and Drive App 

The Texthelp PDF Reader requires both the Texthelp PDF Reader extension for Web PDFs and the Texthelp PDF Reader Drive app for Drive PDFs. Both should be installed to fully use the PDF Reader feature in Read&Write for Google Chrome.

The Texthelp PDF Reader extension can be deployed by a Google administrator or users can install the extension from the Chrome Web Store. 

If the Texthelp PDF Reader extension has already been installed/deployed, you can now  install the Texthelp PDF Reader Drive App

If the extension is not installed, you should  be prompted to install it when opening a PDF from Google Drive or you can go directly to the Chrome Web Store and  install it manually.

When prompted to install the extension, a web page will open with instructions to install the extension. 

Click Install Now.

First Prompt Install Texthelp PDF Reader

You will be taken to the Chrome Web Store to add the extension.

Click the Add to Chrome button

Note: If you see the Remove from Chrome button in the Chrome Web Store, the extension is already added to Chrome. You can then install the Texthelp PDF Reader Drive App

Click Add Extension

Add Extension Texthelp PDF Reader

You will see a notice that the Texthelp PDF Reader has been added to Chrome

Texthelp PDF Reader has been added to Chrome

Once the Texthelp PDF Reader extension has been installed, you will see the Texthelp PDF Reader extension icon alongside other Chrome extensions

You'll then be taken to the PDF Reader Dashboard where you can install the Drive App. 

Installing the Texthelp PDF Reader Drive App

The Texthelp PDF Reader Drive App can be installed from the Chrome Web Store or can be deployed by a Google administrator.

If the Texthelp PDF Reader Drive App has been installed/deployed by a Google administrator, click the Texthelp PDF Reader extension icon to go to the PDF Reader Dashboard for Additional Options

If the Texthelp PDF Reader Drive App hasn't been installed, click Install on the Dashboard.

You will be taken to the Chrome Web Store to add the Texthelp PDF Reader App

Click Add to Chrome

Note: If you only see the Visit website button in the Chrome Web Store, then the Texthelp PDF Reader Drive App has already been added to Chrome and no further action is required.

After the Texthelp PDF Reader Drive App has been added, the Chrome apps page (chrome://apps) will open to confirm that the PDF Reader App has been added.

You can close this tab and return to the PDF Reader Dashboard page. 

Additional Options

Additional Options can be selected from the Dashboard to Enable Classroom Integration and/or Open Web PDFs.

Click Options and a new tab will open with the Texthelp PDF Reader Options dialog. Select Open Web PDFs if you want to be able to open PDFs on the web with the PDF Reader and/or Enable Classroom Integration if you’re using Google Classroom. Then close the Options window and close the Texthelp PDF Reader extensions page.

Required Permissions for the Texthelp PDF Reader

Once the PDF Reader extension and app have been added, you will be prompted to select an account and grant permissions the first time you open a PDF. Once the account is verified and required permissions have been granted, PDFs will open in the Texthelp PDF Reader.