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When you want take notes or write a list, it should be easy and quick. Google Keep, the Internet giant’s note-taking service, is renowned for those two qualities. As our Google Keep review Simple Notes On The Go: Google Keep For Android Reviewed Simple Notes On The Go: Google Keep For Android Reviewed There are some amazing note-taking apps out there, but here's one that merits a closer look: Google Keep, a note-keeper which has both a great-looking Android app and a slick webapp. Read More says, it’s one of the best apps for notes and to-do lists. But it can be better.

Apart from the Android app, it works great in the Chrome browser Google Keep For Chrome: Your In-Browser Solution To Quick Note-Taking Google Keep For Chrome: Your In-Browser Solution To Quick Note-Taking What are you expecting from Google Keep? Google Keep excels at being an exceptionally useful notepad that allows you to quickly add notes. Read More and as a web app, but that’s about it—there is no iOS app or desktop version at the moment. Regardless, Google Keep users will be happy to know that you can actually get more out of the app.

A Quick Overview Of Google Keep

If you don’t already use it, you probably want to give Google Keep a try. The app is fantastic to use for its quick note-taking, whether through widgets or by talking into your phone Google Officially Launches Google Keep, A Free Evernote Competitor [Updates] Google Officially Launches Google Keep, A Free Evernote Competitor [Updates] Rumors about Google Keep being spotted in the wild have been flying around like crazy in the past week. According to Android Police, the note-taking service made a brief appearance on Sunday and vanished as... Read More . It’s a clean and colourful interface that is pleasing to use repeatedly.

You can also set reminders for any note or list, either as a time-based alarm or as a geo-tagged note. So for example, your grocery list can be set to buzz when you are next in your local supermarket.

The web app requires you to be online, but you can download the Google Keep app for Chrome to use it in offline mode.

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Mark Tasks By Colour For Sections (And Avoid Red)

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One of Google Keep’s core features is the ability to add a colour to each note or list. It takes just a couple of taps to choose from eight colours: white, red, orange, yellow, green, teal, blue and grey.

Productivity expert Mike Vardy recommends colour-coding your tasks for easy reference. It’s best to keep it simple. For example, Vardy uses just four colours for four sections: personal, professional, “none of the above” and “finished”. In her article on fantastic Todoist filters to boost your productivity How To Set Up The Ultimate Todoist Filters In 5 Minutes How To Set Up The Ultimate Todoist Filters In 5 Minutes So, you entered all your tasks into Todoist but the process of working through them is somewhat haphazard. That's because you probably don't have great filters. That's going to change. Today. Read More , our own Angela Alcorn recommends a similar approach of colour-coding your tasks.

Colour psychologist Angela Wright has spoken extensively about how colour affects your behaviour. Use her advice, but you should also avoid adding tasks in red. According to scientists, the colour red can keep you from performing at your best.

If you are using colours in your Google Keep notes and lists, you should definitely look at the Category Tabs extension for Chrome. With that, you can assign a category name to any colour, which shows up as a neat listing at the top of your Google Keep app. You can also hide any unused colours (like red, if you’re following what the study above says). This only affects the web app, of course, it won’t have any effect on how Keep looks in the Android app. But hey, it’s still one of the best apps to manage to-do lists on Android 9 Best Apps For Managing To-Do Lists On Android 9 Best Apps For Managing To-Do Lists On Android If you need to keep track of what to do next, these Android apps could be a life saver. Read More .

Add Tags To Your Notes For Easy Searches

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Even if you colour-code your notes to split them across categories, you will sometimes have overlaps. Just like websites use “categories” and “tags”, you can do the same.

Google Keep doesn’t have a tagging system built in, but that doesn’t mean we can’t create our own. We have previously shown how you can secretly use hashtags to make digital searches easier and faster 3 Secret Ways To Use Hashtags You've Never Tried Before 3 Secret Ways To Use Hashtags You've Never Tried Before The basic purpose of a hashtag, of course, is to find a list of all posts about a certain topic, but why not take it out of the Web services that already integrate it, and... Read More . It’s the same principle, but with a twist.

In Google Keep, the “#” of a hashtag doesn’t really help if you want to search later. For example, if I tagged a note with “#MakeUseOf” and if I had written “MakeUseOf” in some other note, then searching for either term will show the other. This isn’t efficient search. Instead, you have to trick Google. Since it discounts the # character, replace it with a letter.

Tag your notes and lists by prefixing them with “q” instead of “#”. So for example, instead of “#MakeUseOf” as a tag, use “qMakeUseOf”. It’s a small change, but it’s effective.

This idea is especially useful when you realise that Keep doesn’t delete your notes, it archives them instead, so you can always dig through your history to find the right note if you tagged it well.

Turn Real-World Text Into Digital Text, Anywhere

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A while back, Google Keep added an OCR feature Google Keep Brings Text Recognition To Images In The Latest Version Google Keep Brings Text Recognition To Images In The Latest Version Google Keep is now appears stylized with a new orange action bar. The note-taking app now also gives you a feature to search printed text in images. Read More . OCR, or Optical Character Recognition, lets you take a photo of text in real life, which smart software then turns into digital text. Basically, Google Keep can “read” text from an image and turn it into editable text.

The technology is nothing new, but Keep’s OCR is among the best in the business, rivaling or bettering some of the best iPhone OCR apps The Best iPhone OCR Apps Tested The Best iPhone OCR Apps Tested For those of us dedicated to going paperless, the ability to scan documents and have the text recognized and converted to text is an essential time saver. Read More . Plus, because it’s cross-platform, it actually increases its value.

For example, if you have a business card in front of you and you want to feed its contents into a spreadsheet on your laptop, just take a photo of the card with the Google Keep Android app. In options, choose “Grab image text” and Google will smartly read the photo’s contents to give you the text. The note is automatically saved and synced, of course, so just open Keep in a browser on your laptop and copy it.

Download Voice Recordings On Your PC Or Use It As A Shared Clipboard

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The Google System blog actually has a bunch of cool tricks for Keep, one of which stood out. If you want to record voice on your desktop or laptop but don’t have a microphone, Google Keep is a shortcut.

Download voice recordings: Open Keep in a desktop browser, click a note, mouse over the voice recording and click “Download”.

Similarly, you can also use Google Keep as a shared clipboard. Copy text or a link into a note on your PC, open it on your Android phone. Of course, you’re much better off using Pushbullet to sync your Android and PC Pushbullet Puts Your Android And PC On The Same Wavelength Pushbullet Puts Your Android And PC On The Same Wavelength Find out how you can keep your Android perfectly synced with your PC -- push your phone's notifications to your desktop, share files, and much more! Read More , but Keep is a nice backup in case of a jam.

Bonus: Put It Into A Panel

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If you don’t want Google Keep as a separate tab in your browser, there is a quick fix. You can turn Keep into its own Panel with an extension.

Chrome users need to download Panel View for Keep to access their notes like the Keep mobile app. It’s easy to use and it’s always within reach.

Firefox users need to download GKeep Panel to add a Google Keep button in their toolbar, which gives you a dropdown panel of your notes with a click.

Do You Use Google Keep?

We want to hear from you, readers. Are you a Google Keep user? What do you love about it? And if you aren’t yet on board, what’s stopping you?

  1. Lynn
    September 22, 2016 at 4:01 pm

    I LOVE Google Keep. I originally used it as a way to keep various shopping lists shared with my husband so he could add to them and use them if he was the one going to the store. But since then, I'm just starting to use it as my bullet journal. I use a tag with the year, and have different notes and lists to align with Ryder Carroll's bullet journal layout. I like paper planning (I really love the feel of the paper and taking a pen to paper), but I'm hoping this works out so I don't have carry around a notebook.

  2. Michael
    August 12, 2016 at 8:46 am

    Just (8/12/16) discovered Keep and really like it . It has a lot of short comings but its simplicity is very appealling. I wish there was an import feature, copy and pasting all my Outlook notes, evernote notes etc is a pain.

    One tip I have discovered is that if you start a note (either typing or copy and paste) with a label that you have already set up then Keep automatically adds the label using the first word. For example type:

    Recipe Apple Pie

    Then Google Keep will add the label Recipe. If you then delete Recipe so that you are left with just Apple Pie, the label remains.

    This works if typing in the title or the body of the note

  3. Jyothiraman
    August 11, 2016 at 7:53 am

    I am looking for option to pin contact numbers so i can follow -up with my clients without going through my contact list

  4. Jim
    August 8, 2016 at 3:54 pm

    I would like to move Notes from one list to another. Project management requires Different stages of completion and This requires different lists for each note. I am currently using copy feature and creating a new note in the new list.

  5. Jen Apple
    July 25, 2016 at 3:11 am

    I have only just started to use KEEP daily and I have just installed the Coloured Category Tabs extension. My problem is that it does not show up on the top of the screen like in the images. And also, isn't it the same as the coloured lables feature that is already standard? Please help somebody! Thanks!

  6. Moez Trabelsi
    June 8, 2016 at 3:09 pm

    I love google keep, and it become more practicle since they added a google chrome extension. Based on google drive, wich means allow sharing and collaboratives notes.

  7. Graham
    May 25, 2016 at 9:01 am

    Loving Keep. However i use a lot of llinks embedded in the notes. Anyway to alais the links? Save space and make the link easier to understand

  8. blabla
    March 1, 2016 at 11:24 am

    There is one problem with Google Keep - it can't make voice notes without internet connection. If this simple feature would work offline (no voice to text translation, but just simple voice recorder), then Keep would be the top app. So far OneNote from Microsoft leads.

  9. Max Green
    February 24, 2016 at 8:00 pm

    I have been using Microsoft Onenote which has notebooks, sections, and then within sections notes. The great thing about it is Onenote lets me order my notes by just dragging them up or down a section tab. This is essential for me. I'm a writer, and use each 'note' as a plot summary, with Sections as Acts within my novel. With Keep, is there any way to order notes, not just tag them? I'd like to be able to drag them up or down in order. Or do I have to number each note manually?

  10. Gemma
    February 16, 2016 at 2:41 pm

    I need sublists. Is there a way to create them in Keep?

  11. robbieb
    February 7, 2016 at 5:04 pm

    I need to import pictures from the web, not just my photos. Is there a way?

  12. gadgety
    January 8, 2016 at 8:30 pm

    I've been using Keep ever since they introduced it, but it didn't really gel until multiple tagging was introduced since it enables sorting. More so than the colors which I find a nice addition, but limited. Since multiple tagging was introduced Keep has become addictive and very powerful.

    The only really bad thing is it's isn't 100% stable in it's synchronization. I've lost my tag structure three times, having to establish it multiple times. Google is not transparent with how the synching works, and hence no explanation of what made it go awry. Support seems non existent. There's also very little knowledge in the user forums beyond the obvious. The fix? Delete on the phone/tablet and reinstall. So much for the obvious.

  13. Salem
    January 4, 2016 at 3:27 pm

    Folders would be nice.

  14. Michael
    December 29, 2015 at 2:19 am

    I would like it to alphbetize the list

    • oeschmid
      January 10, 2016 at 8:29 pm

      I too need to alphabetize the lists! please make this a function soon!

  15. Greg
    December 22, 2015 at 10:48 pm

    +1 for Google Keep, though I find it to still have trappings of stupid design concepts fostered by material design. The "keep it simple" mentality is so misguided when put in the hands of many developers. Here's a simple example from Google Keep, but you can find it all over the place in apps, web, etc.

    The unlabeled options icons at the bottom of each note will be a mystery to novice users. Oh I know, those ignorant people, right? Make them ask for help or get frustrated or just say 'screw Google Keep' -- who cares what they think? (If you agree with this 'screw the novices' pov, then you've never had to be a tech support provider to a school or business).

    Though there is ample room across the bottom of the note for more icons, Keep only shows 4 of the 8 possible options, and of course, not the 4 that you might want... those other options are in a drop down list, if you're not a novice and don't understand that vertical dots means 'drop down list', if you're not a super novice and don't know what a drop down list is. Ah yes, screw the novices. And double screw tech support providers. I keep forgetting.

    I'd be willing to bet that most Keep users don't 'share' notes very often, if at all. I'll also bet that it's fairly rare to use Keep as a 'reminder' system -- we've got better tools for that. But those 2 options are forced on users as the first level choices, putting useful options like 'labels' buried in the 3-dot drop down.

    Ok, so these comments are probably less about Keep and more about the trend towards silly over-simplistic misguided UI fostered by material design that favors white-space over function. Here's a secret that nobody knows: "You can have both! White space AND function." Shhhh... don't let Google know, it might empower people. That'd be bad.

    • Michael
      December 29, 2015 at 2:21 am

      My wife and I share the grocery list. It works really well for that

    • Greg
      December 29, 2015 at 5:12 pm

      I apologize for the rampant snark-factor in my comments. Sometimes UI design choices these days are, to my sensibilities, inexplicable and counter-intuitive.

    • gadgety
      January 8, 2016 at 8:47 pm

      Greg, I agree in principle with your snark, and my take is it's got to do with Google's whole attitude. I suppose it comes from having billions of customers, and 100 or so for Keep alone. In addition to the UI comments you have I'd like to add that there's also some inconsistency between the phone/tablet Android version and the PC version.

    • gadgety
      January 8, 2016 at 8:47 pm

      100 million*

  16. Popovici Diana
    December 11, 2015 at 10:44 am

    I'd like to merge 2 notes

    • Tuesday Peacock
      February 20, 2016 at 4:51 pm

      You can't do this directly in Google Keep yet. But One tricky way can help you – Select your notes > open option menu > click or touch "Copy to Google Docs option. So all selected notes will be copied to your Google Drive in Google Docs format. Then you can copy back to your merged note to Google Keep.

  17. allbenatt
    December 5, 2015 at 4:13 pm

    I'd like a menu item that moves the current note so that it is the first tile in the main notes view. It can be a pain to click-and-drag a note all the way to the top sometimes.

  18. Don
    November 23, 2015 at 3:23 pm

    Is there anyway to add a link to a note. Say if I want to get google educator certified and have that in a checklist and I want to have the word (or item) be a link. That would be helpful.

    • Fegg
      January 18, 2016 at 8:41 am

      A typed in URL will behave like a URL when clicked. But you cannot have alternative text; just the URL.

  19. Vincent Graziano
    November 16, 2015 at 7:03 pm

    Yet another request for alphabetical order!

    • Fegg
      January 18, 2016 at 8:47 am

      Work around: Convert any text note to 'Show tick boxes' format; then move paragraphs.
      But: A-Z is not useful for many instances ... white sugar, castor sugar, brown sugar; plain flour, wholemeal flour; bread flour ... I don't want in A-Z.
      If a list becomes very long ... like volunteers for the litter pick-up campaign ... then you might consider migrating the note to gdocs or gsheets.

  20. Peter van Westen
    November 10, 2015 at 9:13 pm

    Something else that would be awesome:
    Be able to drag 'n' drop list items from one list to another.
    That way you could - for instance - create lists for: ideas, todo, working on it, needs reviewing, done.

    • Kikita
      November 13, 2015 at 4:11 pm

      ditto

    • Fegg
      January 18, 2016 at 8:39 am

      Workaround: Convert the note from 'Show tick boxes' to ide tick boxes' ... several paragraphs can be copied at once.

    • Vanessa Feghali
      March 16, 2016 at 3:59 pm

      You just described "Trello" ! Download it.

  21. Peter van Westen
    November 10, 2015 at 8:50 pm

    +1 for the ordering of lists.

    Another thing:
    I would like to use the color option. But the colors are just too in-your-face making the notes hard to read. I would like to see a friendlier (toned down) usage of the colors, like:
    http://i.nonr.nl/2aadw.png

  22. Kyle Lewis
    October 26, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    Does anyone know if there is any capability or plans for linking a single note or checklist to another. For example creating a master checklist with all my tasks then using that checklist to link to more detailed checklists?

    • Fegg
      January 18, 2016 at 9:01 am

      Use keep.google.com in a browser. Each note has a URL of its own.
      Copy the URL.
      Create a new note titled 'INDEX'.
      For each line in the note, add a lead in text 'ToDo at home'.
      Paste the URL 'https://keep.google.com/#LIST/1420604779290.1773871551'.
      But each link when clicked will exit the Keep app and open in your browser.

      Alternative ...
      Include a unique #Tag for each of the notes on your projects and other attributes.
      Use the search function to recover your notes:
      #Widgets #South; or #Grommets #South; or #Widgets #West; or whatever

      [reminds me of old days ... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edge-notched_card%5D

  23. Thomas G Duffy
    October 22, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    I'm using Google Keep quite a lot now. I'm recommending it to my work colleagues. It would be a great help if it was possible to order lists alpha-numerically, as suggested by Lee Long.

    • Mihir Patkar
      October 26, 2015 at 11:45 am

      Aaaand one more! All right, I'm going to email the Google Keep devs and ask them about alphabetical order, citing this list of comments :)

  24. mod77dom
    October 20, 2015 at 1:11 pm

    I take alot of notes and have used various note taking apps until I found Google keep. It is easy to use and I like the layout. The only thing I wish it had was a simplified list view option with just the note titles, in alphabetical order. I cannot remember all the titles, color, or tags of the many notes I take, so to have a "quick list" toggle would be great to find older notes.

    • Mihir Patkar
      October 26, 2015 at 11:44 am

      Yet another request for alphabetical order!

  25. Christine Hwang
    October 7, 2015 at 4:05 am

    Please add a feature where you can anchor notes! There are some notes that I want to stay in the same location when I am viewing it on my phone, and I hate it when I add a new note or switch something around, but then the placement of EVERYTHING else changes as well. Either anchor some notes, or just change the location of one at a time.

    • Mihir Patkar
      October 26, 2015 at 11:43 am

      I think anchoring a note might prove too difficult, but pinning it to the top might be possible.

  26. Lee Long
    August 18, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    I want to add that I love Keep! It's on my phone, and PC and a tablet that's always on the kitchen counter. If we run out of something, it can be added immediately to the list. My wife uses Apple, but she can access it on Chrome on her Macbook and add things. I love some of the recent additions as well. Being able to add a picture is cool because sometimes I don't have even a second to write a note, but I take pictures of things and add them as reminders!

    My only complaint is the inability to Alphabetize Lists! When I check off something on the grocery list, it just drops down to the top or bottom of the list. What would be helpful would be to have checked off items in alphabetical order so I could find them more quickly. Especially since I have so many items on the list now!

    • Mihir Patkar
      October 26, 2015 at 11:43 am

      Oooh good one!

  27. Kathy Chumley
    August 17, 2015 at 5:38 pm

    I'm just getting to know Google Keep. I've been using Tasks and the Task widget for some time now. I like that it's integrated with my Google Calendar but it's also rather utilitarian. I can set a date and reminders, but navigation through all of my Task lists is cumbersome. I like how I can see the different notes at once on Keep.

    Evernote (and even OneNote) on the other hand are more than I need. My life just isn't that complicated. I'm going to give Keep a chance, but what I'm seeing so far tells me I'm going to really like it. I hope down the road that Google will let Keep and Calendar play well together.

    • Mihir Patkar
      August 18, 2015 at 12:17 pm

      "Evernote (and even OneNote) on the other hand are more than I need."

      I think this just perfectly sums up who Keep is for. I couldn't have said it better myself, Kathy, I appreciate your comment :)

  28. Lee Long
    July 1, 2015 at 3:39 am

    Alphabetize Lists!

    • Mihir Patkar
      August 18, 2015 at 12:17 pm

      YES! LEE, LEAD THE REBELLION, YOU HAVE ONE FOLLOWER!

  29. apple crisp
    June 9, 2015 at 4:06 pm

    It would be nice to be able to set a date for a list item inside a note and have it show up on the google calendar!! Have so long looked for tasks to show up in the calendar if you want to set a specific date for that one task to be done. Love the category update !!

    • Mihir Patkar
      August 18, 2015 at 12:18 pm

      Hmmm I haven't felt the need for that yet, but I get where you are coming from. I think it's because I use Wunderlist, Any.Do and Google Keep in tandem that I find no need for this. But if Google Keep was my single to-do list, then it would make sense.

  30. Bernie Comerma
    June 5, 2015 at 11:01 am

    I'm an enthusiast Google Keep user and I'd like it to be evolved continuosly.

    • Mihir Patkar
      August 18, 2015 at 12:19 pm

      Got any suggestions on what that next evolution can be, Bernie?

  31. gadgetymv@
    May 4, 2015 at 11:01 pm

    The latest update, of March 2015, enabling multiple tagging is such a huge improvement it's unbelievable. Before, Google Keep had potential, now it's realized. I think a lot of todo and outliner apps are facing huge competition after this update. One feature remaining is how to IMPORT list for those of us who want to migrate from our existing tools. I might try the OCR feature for that.

    • Mihir Patkar
      August 18, 2015 at 12:20 pm

      You know what? With all to-do lists, I think importing is the bad way to go. It's better to start afresh. Just take a week to finish off your other list (usually, a week is sufficient, trust me), and then create a new list in a new app. Fresh start.

  32. Lee
    April 27, 2015 at 6:13 pm

    I'd like to see a definition and examples of a Google Keep Note, Label, and Item. There is documentation about how to change colors, add items, etc. but no explanation of what they are and how they differ.

    • Mihir Patkar
      August 18, 2015 at 12:24 pm

      So this article was written before Keep added Labels, which is why we don't cover it here. Tags in the above article are the same things as Labels--just that labels are officially supported now, which makes it easy to cross-categorize notes.

      A note is a virtual sticky note, written in the form of paragraphs, photos or a list. Each Google Keep note is separate from another.

      Any one entry in a list is an item.

      Does that clear it up?

  33. Dave
    April 17, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    Anyone else getting driven nuts by my anal tendency to be able to put the lists where I want them, and keep them there? :)

    I have the lists coded by color, and try to keep all the colors together. But you create another list, or try to move one list, and everything flies all over! Yes, I can putz with it and get them close to each other, but it shouldn't be that hard! Sure it isn't a problem for only a few lists, but when you have more than that it gets irritating! Yeah, you can sort by label now and see only those with the specific label, but I want to see all together, with color coded sections together... :(

    Also, why can't you print a list(s). I can Ctrl-P to print all the lists, but if I want to print just a list (without having to copy it over to Google Drive), I can't do it...

    • Mihir Patkar
      August 18, 2015 at 12:25 pm

      YES! Not anal at all, Dave. Well, rather, I agree with you so it's not anal :D

  34. Shelley
    April 11, 2015 at 9:01 pm

    I love Keep for shopping lists. I do wish they would add the ability to SORT the list. I could then organize my lists by the store layout (isle number).

    • Lee Long
      July 1, 2015 at 3:39 am

      Yes! YesYes!

    • Mihir Patkar
      August 18, 2015 at 12:26 pm

      Ok so alphabetical, numerical--what other ways to sort would you like? I'll send the Google Keep team an email telling them to read this thread for the number of people requesting sorting :)

  35. Craig
    March 25, 2015 at 9:01 pm

    For some reason, Google Keep's audio function has lost a feature. You used to be able to play the audio recording back, but now the audio is only saved as a transcription. Is anyone else seeing that?

    This is a problem, because I used to be able to record and audio clip straight from the widget and not worry if the transcription worked or not. If it doesn't store the audio, I'd have to check the transcription -- which means it's not as useful to use if I'm in the middle of something.

    • e11world
      April 28, 2015 at 4:40 pm

      I'm with you there. I'm able to listen and see the play button for older notes but any new voice note I create gets converted to text only and doesn't store the audio which really sucks. I liked having that all in one type of note keeping app but now I may actually change to something else.

      Stupid of Google to do that if they don't bring that back in future updates. Make it better is the key NOT WORSE.

    • Mihir Patkar
      August 18, 2015 at 12:27 pm

      I just tried doing this and you're right, it isn't saving my audio any more. WTH Google?!

  36. JASON
    March 25, 2015 at 12:53 am

    NEED TO BE ABLE TO PRINT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • KC
      April 7, 2015 at 3:30 pm

      If you use the Chrome app panel you can now choose "copy to google docs" which imports to a word doc that can be printed. Still not a direct print like we want but better.

    • Mihir Patkar
      August 18, 2015 at 12:28 pm

      Eugh, paper and ink, how 1990s :D (j/k, I agree, I hope it gets printing support soon)

  37. Amanda
    March 20, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    I sure would like the option/opportunity to print lists from Keep. I know it's the digital age and not environmentally friendly, but sometimes I just need a hard copy.

  38. Garrett
    March 19, 2015 at 2:28 am

    Thanks for the tips! Just a note, Keep *does* notice the underscore in search, which is visually a bit more readable than a letter!

    _tag1 _tag2

    • Mihir Patkar
      August 18, 2015 at 12:28 pm

      Ooooh nice tip, Garrett! Of course, Labels makes this redundant now, but still!

  39. jtm
    February 5, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    Thank you very much for your suggestion! I'm giving "Cogi" a try... and sofar, this app seems to suit my needs for audio notes recording!

    • Mihir Patkar
      February 12, 2015 at 6:12 am

      Anytime, jtm :)

  40. jtm
    February 2, 2015 at 7:18 am

    I was disappointed by the voice recording feature of Google Keep. Tried to use it to capture song ideas on-the-go, but Keep stops recording arbitrarily after a couple of seconds, thus crippling my audio notes. I wish Google would address this behavior.

    • Mihir Patkar
      February 2, 2015 at 10:55 am

      Really? That's the one part which has worked solidly for me every time. Does your Google voice input work well otherwise?

    • jtm
      February 3, 2015 at 5:51 am

      Thank you very much, dear Mihir Patkar, for your reply. What troubles me seems to be rather a feature of Google Keep than a bug: Keep doesn't record "audio"... Keep only records the sounds it can identify as "speech". That's why I cannot record my "singing" voice when I have a sudden idea for a melody. After a couple of seconds of "lah lah lah" Keep decides this is not "speech", and stops recording it.
      BTW normal speech is recorded perfectly each and every time..
      Too bad, that I don't know of any simple Android note- taking app capable of recording sound (any sound). And by "simple", I mean a sleek app without all the bloat of, let's say, an Evernote.

    • Mihir Patkar
      February 3, 2015 at 10:26 am

      Ah, in that, I agree. Google Keep's voice feature isn't meant to be used as an audio logger, it's specific purpose is to speak notes that can be transcribed, so I understand your issue here. Have you tried Cogi voice recorder? That might fit what you want: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.cogi.mobile&hl=en

  41. Bruce Casner
    February 1, 2015 at 4:08 am

    Google Tasks allowed multi-level lists, which was great for organizing shopping lists by store. Keep got rid of this for some reason, making it only half as useful.

    • Mihir Patkar
      February 2, 2015 at 10:54 am

      Yeah, I wish it had that too. It should be a simple enough implementation, no idea why Google has skipped that. For now, I use Shift+Tab for multi-line lists, but it's not the same experience as individual checkboxes.

  42. Simen
    January 29, 2015 at 6:41 pm

    A little thing that might be useful: instead of installing it as a panel, install it as a webapp and r-click tge icon to create a shortcut. That way, keep will behave just like any other native app, even offline. Works great in both Ubuntu and Windows 7.

    • Mihir Patkar
      February 2, 2015 at 10:52 am

      Good point, Simen!

  43. Peter
    January 29, 2015 at 4:45 pm

    I only have one thing to say: Google Reader..

    • netkaos
      January 31, 2015 at 12:46 pm

      @Peter - I feel your pain! Took me a year to get over it. Ha!

      However, we can't avoid using useful tools just because they MIGHT disappear SOMETIME in the future, MAYBE. If we did that we would never use anything but Microsoft word. Lol.

      Keep is a good, fast app. I'm trying to use it more every day. This was a good article with a few trucks u didn't know.

      Cheers!

      PS Peter- take baby steps and don't trust all at once. Ease into it. Ha!

    • Mihir Patkar
      February 2, 2015 at 10:49 am

      netkaos is totally right here, Peter. Yes, there is the chance that Keep might shut down. But that's a chance you take with any app. The good thing about a brand like Google is that just like with Google Reader, when it shut down, Feedly and other apps offered you ways to import your feeds. You'll have the same opportunity here, you won't lose all your data.

  44. AriesWarlock
    January 29, 2015 at 3:07 pm

    I use google keep for grocery lists with geo-tag, works well.

    • Mihir Patkar
      February 2, 2015 at 10:48 am

      One of my favourite uses of the app! My grocery shop is right next door so I don't need to use this, but I've recommended this use to several users who are always surprised by how well it works.

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