Read&Write for Google Chrome Screenshot Reader

The first time you use Screenshot Reader,  you may be prompted to add the Screenshot Reader Chrome extension or notice that there is a Screenshot Reader Chrome extension icon that appears with your Chrome extensions: 

Screenshot Reader Extension Icon

Manually Adding Screenshot Reader Extension

The first time you use Screenshot Reader from the Read&Write for Google Chrome toolbar, you may be prompted to install the extension:

Screenshot Reader Feature Button

Screenshot Reader Feature Button

A new tab will open in the Chrome Web Store. Click Add to Chrome to add the Screenshot Reader extension:

Add to Chrome button

Click the Add extension button when prompted to confirm:

Add extension button

You will see a confirmation and the purple Texthelper icon once Screenshot Reader has been added: 

Screenshot Reader has been added to Chrome

You'll then need to refresh the page and reopen Read&Write for Google Chrome to begin using Screenshot Reader


Screenshot Reader Icon is Greyed Out

There may be instances where the Screenshot Reader icon is greyed out and doesn't respond when you click it:

Screenshot Reader Icon Greyed Out

If the Screenshot Reader is greyed out, this means that it isn't available on the current site that you're on or the Screenshot Reader extension is disabled. 

To check to see if the extension has been disabled do the following:

  • In the Chrome address bar, type chrome://extensions
  • Search for Screenshot Reader

If the extension is disabled the button will be all the way to the left

Read&Write for Google Chrome Screenshot Reader Extension Disabled

Slide the button to the right to enable Screenshot Reader

Read&Write for Google Chrome Screenshot Reader Extension Enabled

 Refresh the page that you were on and Screenshot Reader will now function.

If Screenshot Reader still doesn't respond from the toolbar or the extension icon is greyed out, this means it's not available for the current site.

Screenshot Reader Icon is Active

If the Screenshot Reader icon is purple, this means that it is active and can be used on the current site:

Screenshot Reader Icon Active

Click the Screenshot Reader extension icon and your cursor will change to a crosshair. Select some text by holding your mouse button then release when text is selected:

Screenshot Read GIF

Hover your mouse over the image to see how it works!


Using Screenshot Reader from the Toolbar

Screenshot Reader can also be opened from the Read&Write for Google Chrome  web, Google Docs or Slides toolbars. Click the Screenshot Reader button on the toolbar and your cursor will change to a crosshair. Select some text by holding your mouse button then release when text is selected::

Screenshot Read GIF

Hover your mouse over the image to see how it works!


How to Hide the Screenshot Reader Extension Icon

You can also hide the Screenshot Reader extension icon by right clicking on the  icon: 

Screenshot Reader Extension Icon

Then choose Hide in Chrome menu.

Screenshot Reader Hide Icon

Note: Hiding the icon will not affect Screenshot Reader on the Read&Write toolbar in any way.