How To Get Google Docs Toolbar Back

Google Docs is a powerful tool used for document creation and collaboration. Sometimes, you may find yourself in a situation where the toolbar in your Google Docs has disappeared. This toolbar is crucial as it contains tools for editing and formatting your document. This article will guide you on how to get your Google Docs toolbar back.

Reloading Your Browser

The first and simplest method you can try is to reload your browser. This can be done by either clicking the reload button near the address bar or using the shortcut keys. For Windows users, the shortcut is CTRL + R, while for Mac users, it is CMD + R.

Checking Your View Settings

Another reason your toolbar might be missing is that it might have been hidden in your view settings. To check this:

  • Go to the View menu option at the top of the screen.
  • Select Show controls from the dropdown menu.

Your toolbar should now be visible.

Resetting Your Browser Settings

If the above methods fail, there could be an issue with your browser settings. You can solve this by resetting your browser settings. Here’s how to do it:

  • Go to your browser settings.
  • Search for ‘Reset’ in the search bar.
  • Click on ‘Reset settings’.

Clearing Your Browser Cache

A corrupted browser cache can cause issues with Google Docs, including hiding the toolbar. To clear the cache:

  <li>On your computer, open Chrome.</li>
  <li>At the top right, click More.</li>
  <li>Click More tools and then Clear browsing data.</li>
  <li>At the top, choose a time range. To delete everything, select All time.</li>
  <li>Next to "Cookies and other site data" and "Cached images and files," check the boxes.</li>
  <li>Click Clear data.</li>

After clearing your cache, try reloading Google Docs again to see if the problem is solved.


Having access to your Google Docs toolbar is essential for an optimal user experience. If your toolbar disappears, the above steps should help you retrieve it. Remember that regular maintenance, such as clearing your browser cache, can prevent such issues from occurring.