How to hide the Read&Write for Google Chrome toolbar

Hiding the Toolbar

If you have Read&Write for Google Chrome and would like to hide the toolbar so that it doesn't appear, locate the purple puzzle piece iconRead&Write for Google Chrome icon  on the Chrome browser toolbar


Right click on the icon and select Options from the menu

Options Screen


When the Options window opens slide the button over to the right to disable Read&Write for Google Chrome.

Toolbar Enabled


Click the X in the upper right corner to apply the change and close the window

Toolbar Disabled


The purple puzzle piece icon will now be greyed out and both the Google Docs and web toolbars will be disabled.

Read&Write for Google Chrome Icon Greyed Out




You must refresh the page (F5) in a Google Doc for the change to be applied for the toolbar to be disabled


To enable the toolbar follow the steps above and slide the button to the right

Note: This option can be used for all individual Read&Write for Google Chrome users even if their Google admin has force installed the extension.

Setting the toolbar to be closed when opening a Google Doc or Slide

If you open a Google Doc or Slide and the Read&Write for Google Chrome toolbar opens in the extended position, this means that a Doc or Slide was closed with the toolbar extended. 

If you'd rather choose when to open Read&Write yourself, make sure to close the toolbar before exiting a Doc or Slide by clicking the Hide button on the right end of the toolbar:


If you close the toolbar by clicking on the Read&Write for Google Chrome purple puzzle icon on the Chrome toolbar (as shown below) it will close the toolbar but it will also hide the toolbar tab in Docs and Slides:

Read&Write for Google Chrome Extension Icon

The next time a Doc or Slide is opened, the purple puzzle piece tab will not appear as below:

To activate the purple puzzle piece tab, click on the purple puzzle icon on the Chrome toolbar and the tab will reappear in a Doc or Slide.

In summary, the toolbar won't "remember" to stay closed in a Doc or Slide unless the Hide button is clicked:

  • If a Doc or Slide was previously closed with the toolbar open, it will appear in the open position the next time that or any other file is opened.
  •  The opposite will occur if the toolbar was retracted when a Doc or Slide was closed
  • Closing the toolbar by clicking the extension purple puzzle piece icon will hide the toolbar tab the next time a Slide or Doc is open. The tab can be restored by clicking the extension purple puzzle piece icon again while in a file.

Opening the Read&Write for Google Chrome toolbar in Google Docs or Slides

When you open a Google Doc or Slide with the Read&Write for Google Chrome extension added to Chrome, a tab with a purple puzzle piece will appear at the top of the screen above the Docs or Slides menu

Read&Write for Google Chrome in Google Docs:

Read&Write for Google Chrome Toolbar Tab Retracted





Read&Write for Google Chrome in Google Slides:

Click the tab and the toolbar will appear as below

Read&Write for Google Chrome in Google Docs:

Read&Write for Google Chrome Toolbar Tab Extended




Read&Write for Google Chrome in Google Slides:

To retract the toolbar, click the Hide button at the far right of the toolbar:

Read&Write for Google Chrome Settings Button

Once closed the tab with the purple puzzle piece will reappear. 

If you want to hide the toolbar tab in Google Docs or Slides click the purple piece icon to the right of the Chrome Omnibox address bar

Read&Write for Google Chrome  Extension Icon




Click the purple puzzle piece icon again to reopen the Read&Write for Google Chrome toolbar in Docs or Slides