Read&Write for Google Chrome: Let's get started!

Read&Write for Google Chrome™ provides support tools for the web and common file types accessed through Google Drive, including Google Docs, Google Slides, Web Pages, PDFs and ePubs

Adding Read&Write for Google Chrome

To begin using Read&Write for Google Chrome, you must first add it to Chrome through the Chrome Web Store. This will install the Read&Write for Google Chrome extension to be used in Google Docs, web pages, ePubs and PDFs. 

Note: If you are trialing Read&Write for Google Chrome, you will have access to all features for 30 days. After your trial expires, you will still have access to Text-to-Speech and Translator for Google Docs and the web, but the Read&Write for Google Chrome premium features will only be available if you purchase a subscription.

Google Docs/Slides

When the Read&Write for Google Chrome extension is installed, you will see a tab with the purple puzzle piece icon Read&Write for Google Chrome icon  whenever you open a Google Doc or edit in Google Slides

Read&Write for Google Chrome Toolbar Retracted 


Click on purple puzzle piece iconRead&Write for Google Chrome icon  on the tab , the Read&Write for Google Chrome toolbar will drop down for use. 

Read&Write for Google Chrome Toolbar Enabled 

Click the purple puzzle piece iconRead&Write for Google Chrome icon on the tab again to retract the toolbar

Web Pages

When the Read&Write for Google Chrome extension is installed and you open a web page, you will see the purple puzzle piece icon Read&Write for Google Chrome icon  next to the Chrome Bookmark star on the address bar.

Read&Write for Google Chrome icon


Click on purple puzzle piece iconRead&Write for Google Chrome icon   and the Read&Write for Google Chrome floating toolbar will appear.

Read&Write for Google Chrome Web Toolbar

Click the purple puzzle piece iconRead&Write for Google Chrome icon  again to hide the toolbar


Note: Read&Write for Google Chrome works with most web pages. If you find the floating toolbar does not appear or the purple puzzle piece icon is grayed out, then you are on a web page that does not support the use of Read&Write for Google Chrome.

PDFs and ePubs

The premium version of Read&Write for Google Chrome also supports for PDF and ePub files in Google Drive. To use, simply double click on the file to have it open in the Texthelp PDF Reader.

If the file does not open in the Texthelp PDF Reader, it is either not set as the default app to manage your files, or it is not installed.

To set as default, follow the instructions for My PDFs don’t open with the Texthelp PDF Reader

Removing or Hiding the Read&Write for Google Chrome Toolbar

If you would like to uninstall these features, go to How can I uninstall the extension 

Due to domain policy you may not be able to remove force installed Chrome extensions on your organizational Chrome profile, you can hide the Read&Write for Google Chrome toolbar by following the instructions in How can I hide the toolbar