The Read&Write for Google Chrome toolbar is open when I open 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  •  The opposite will occur if the toolbar was retracted when a Doc or Slide was closed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.