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Read&Write for Google Chrome provides support tools for the web and common file types accessed through Google Drive, including:

  1. Google Docs
  2. Google Slides
  3. PDF
  4. ePub
  5. Kes (Kurzwell 3000 Files)

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, Practice Reading Aloud, and Translator for Google Docs, Google Slides and the web, but the Read&Write for Google Chrome premium features will only be available if you purchase a subscription.

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, Google Slides, PDFs, ePubs, Kes files and on the web. The extension will request to have access to your account. There will be two authorization screens. You must allow access to both in order to use.

Google Docs

When the Read&Write for Google Chrome extension is installed, you will see a tab with the Read&Write for Google Chrome icon Read&Write for Google Chrome<sup>™</sup> enabled icon whenever you open a Google Doc. (see Image 1 below).

Disabled Toolbar
Image 1

If you click on the tab, the Read&Write for Google Chrome toolbar will drop down for use (see Image 2 below). Click again to hide the toolbar.

Disabled Toolbar
Image 2

Google Slides

When the Read&Write for Google Chrome extension is installed, you will see a similar tab with the Read&Write for Google Chrome icon Read&Write for Google Chrome<sup>™</sup> enabled icon when you open a Google Slides presentation (see image 3 below). Click the icon again to hide the toolbar.

Disabled Toolbar
Image 3

Web Pages

When the Read&Write for Google Chrome extension is installed and you open a web page, you will see the Read&Write for Google Chrome icon Read&Write for Google Chrome<sup>™</sup> enabled icon next to the Bookmark star on the Google address bar (see Image 4 below).

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Image 4

Click on the icon and the Read&Write for Google Chrome floating toolbar (see Image 5 below) will appear. Click the tab again to hide the toolbar.

Disabled Toolbar
Image 5

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

PDFs, ePubs, and Kes files

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

If the file does not open in the Read&Write for Google Chrome viewer, it is either not set as the default app to manage your files, or it is not installed.
To set as default, click the systems Settings icon at the top right of the screen and select “Settings”. Then go to “Manage Apps” and scroll down to Read&Write for Google Chrome. Select “Use as default”. Problem Solved!

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Note: If you do not want Read&Write for Google Chrome to be the default, you can still use it with any PDF, ePub, or Kes file. Simply right click on the filename and choose “Open With” and then select Read&Write for Google Chrome.

Now What?

Go straight to Google Drive to get started, or click on one of the links at the top of the page to learn more.

Removing Read&Write for Google Chrome

Read&Write for Google Chrome adds many powerful support features to common files in Google Drive, including Google Docs, PDFs, ePubs, and more. If you would like to uninstall these features, Click Here