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Google Keep is one of the simplest ways to collaborate with vanilla notes. You can tap and feed a Gmail ID to share notes with a colleague or family member. But did you know that the Google Keep app on your phone also allows you to share notes with other apps?

This is one of several Google Keep tips 4 Google Keep Tips And Tricks For Better Notes, Lists And To-Dos 4 Google Keep Tips And Tricks For Better Notes, Lists And To-Dos Read More  you can start using right now.

The most obvious way is to send Google Keep notes to Google Docs. This transfer is useful when you want to develop quick ideas: capture an idea in Google Keep, then send it over to Google Docs to flesh out the details. You can do this on the web, Android, and iOS.

  1. Select the note you want to send.
  2. Click More (the three vertical dots).
  3. Click Copy to Google Doc.

Similarly, in the iOS app, select the note (don’t open it) with a touch. Click the Actions icon (three horizontal dots). Select Copy to Google Docs from the menu which slides into view from the bottom of the screen.

Sharing Notes With Other Apps

Often, it can be useful to jot down little reminders for a point you want to include in an email or mention in a chat conversation. With Google Keep you can send a note to other Google products like Gmail and Hangouts. This only works on the mobile apps.

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The side-benefit is that you can use Google Keep to send something to a non-Google application on your mobile OS too.

For instance, you can use Google Keep like a “draft folder,” or as a writing pad to share your thoughts. Here are some ideas:

  • Prep your Facebook Status message or tweets in Google Keep and send it at the right time.
  • Jot down your thoughts and then send it as a mass SMS to a group via Messages (iOS) or WhatsApp.
  • Send a Slack message from Keep, add to a Trello board, or save a note on Evernote.

For instance, I often note my half-formed ideas on Keep so that I can distribute them to the respective apps when they have evolved into something complete. Notes need to easy and speedy. The quick access of Google Keep helps to capture those brain sparks.

Do you use Google Keep to share notes with your own Google apps or the other non-Google products on your phone? Not all of them work, but tell us if you find any that are useful for you.

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  1. Tamie
    July 20, 2017 at 3:10 am

    I am very challenged when it come to staying (getting) organized. Little peices of paper just end up everywhere, except where I need them. So, when I'm handed a business card, I open Keep and take a pic. Doctor gives me an app card - take a pic. Parked on big parking garage take a pic of where I parked and add some notes. Poster with details about a new knitting group at local library with phone number, etc - take a pic.

    Later, at home or somewhere with free wifi, I can capture the text in most of these pics. Click on the dots, click grab image text. Turn notes into reminders as necessary. You get the idea.

    Next I want to add the local pizza delivery menu.

    • Saikat Basu
      July 21, 2017 at 4:44 am

      Yes, Tamie. Google Keep is very versatile. Something which doesn't appear so from its simple interface.

      • Tamie Hamilton-Lavoie
        July 24, 2017 at 6:09 pm

        the simpler the interface, the better, really

      • Tamie Hamilton-Lavoie
        July 24, 2017 at 6:35 pm

        You know what would make Keep just that much better? (I've mentioned this elsewhere, but I'm going to keep trying...) It would be *awesome* if I could import a pinterest board into Keep, edit it, and re-upload it.

        The last step is actually optional. I have a number of boards where the whole pinterest board is just for one project, and they look nice, and are convenient to save to as I'm researching something, but in the actual making of the item, they're very inconvenient and keep is much better there.

        It would also be terrific if the words could wrap around the graphics.

        Imagine, if you will, a board or collection of pinterest pins that are all about creating a kitchen herb garden, and all the ways that different people believe is *the best way*. One with notes and illustrations from the book "Square Foot Gardening" that you've scanned from your copy, and a pins with photos & illustrations of your fav herbs, with notes about the best places to source your seeds and sprouts. And, maybe a few pins about tomatoes, a couple about composting. A couple of days or even weeks, before you buy your bags of earth, lumber, shovels, etc; you sit down and look at the pins and make a plan. You can see pretty clearly at this point how hard it is to do a "step 1, step 2... " kind of plan from pins directly. They're pretty, but all the text is sort of behind the pictures. With keep, the opposite is true - all the text is "in front" with a collection of links at the bottom to the pix. They both come very close to being electronic index cards.

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    July 19, 2017 at 5:16 pm

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