7 easy tips and tricks

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Google Keep, Google’s note-taking app, offers a variety of features to keep your lists and notes under control. While Google Keep might not be the most advanced note-taking app available, it has enough features to meet most people’s needs. However, many of them are not immediately obvious.



We’ve rounded up seven of the best tips and tricks to help you use Google Keep to its fullest potential. We demonstrate them using the Google Keep app for Android, but these instructions work on the desktop version as well.

If you’ve never used Keep, first check out our guide to using Google Keep. This will get you started with the basics, but there are plenty of advanced features available.

Creating a shopping list with Google Keep is as easy as making a list, but why not make it smart? Linking Google Assistant to Google Keep lets you add items to your shopping list with your voice. You can create as many lists as you want this way.

  1. Create and name a list with checkboxes in Google Keep.

  2. Say ”
    Ok Google, open Assistant settings
    ” to open the Google Assistant settings menu.

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    View all wizard settings
    .

  4. Scroll down and tap
    Notes and lists
    .

  5. Tap the radio button next to
    Google Keep
    .

Now you can say “Hey Google, add (item) to my list (list name)”. Google Assistant will check your lists in Keep and automatically add this item to the one specified in your request. You can also say “Hey Google, remove (item) from my list (list name)” to remove an item.


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How to import your notes into Google Docs

Google Keep is a great way to take notes or save pictures on the go, but what if you want to create a longer writing project? Luckily, Keep is integrated with Google Docs, so you can quickly add your notes or pictures to a document. There are two ways to do this, depending on which application you are starting from.

Importing Keep Notes from Google Docs

This method only works on the desktop version of Google Docs.

  1. Open Google Docs.

  2. Click it
    arrow button
    in the lower right corner of your screen to expand the side panel.

  3. Click it
    Google Keep
    on the right of your screen to open the Keep panel.

  4. Drag and drop your notes into your document.

You can also create Keep notes in Google Docs by clicking the icon Take note button at the top of the Keep panel. Notes created this way contain a link to Google Doc, so you can easily access the document by opening the note in the Google Keep app.

How to Copy a Keep Note to Google Docs

In the Keep app, you can copy a note to Google Docs. It copies the format, except for lists which are turned into bulleted lists.

  1. Open any note in Google Keep.

  2. Press the
    three dot button
    in the lower right corner of your screen.

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    Send
    .

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    Copy to Google Docs
    .

If your note doesn’t have a title, it’s saved as “Google Keep Document” in Docs.

How to change your default reminder times

When you create a reminder in Google Keep, you have the option to set your reminder to morning, afternoon, evening, or night, as well as a custom time option. The Morning, Afternoon, and Evening options have preset times, but you can change them in the settings menu. It’s not a huge change, but it can save you a few taps when setting reminders.

  1. Press the
    three line button
    in the top right corner of your screen to open the navigation drawer.

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    Settings
    .

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    Morning
    ,
    Afternoon
    Where
    Evening
    .

  4. Choose a time and press
    OKAY
    .

Now when you set a reminder, you will see your preset times.

Use tags to organize your notes

Tags are a nifty way to organize and find your notes. Your Keep notes can be filtered by tags and you can add multiple tags to notes. There are several ways to add tags, but we show you the most convenient way to create and add a tag to a note.

How to Create and Add a Tag to a Keep Note

  1. Open any note.

  2. Tap the three dots

    button in the lower right corner of your screen.

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    Labels
    .

  4. Tap a box next to an existing label or tap
    Enter the label name
    to create a new label.

How to filter your Keep notes by label

  1. Tap the three-line button in the upper right corner of your screen to open the navigation drawer.

  2. Tap a label under the
    Label
    title.


Install the Chrome extension to quickly add images or web pages to Keep

A great way to improve your Google Chrome experience is to install extensions. One of the best is the Keep extension, as it lets you add web pages and images to your Keep account with just a few clicks.

  1. Install it
    Google Keep extension
    .

  2. Right-click on an image or anywhere on a webpage.

  3. Hover over
    Google Keep Extension for Chrome
    in the context menu.

  4. Choose one of the options. Whichever option you choose, the Keep note will contain a URL to the web page.

  5. The image is saved in Keep and you can add a note or tag to the item from the pop-up window.

When you install Google Keep, you also get some handy widgets. One of them lets you create a note with one click, while the other lets you scroll through your notes without opening the app. Simply long press on your phone’s home screen to access your Widgets menu, then find dungeon to find the two widgets.

You can adjust the size of these widgets to change the available buttons.

Get text from an image

Google Keep has the ability to copy text from an image. It instantly copies it as the saved image, where you can edit or share it as needed.

  1. Open an image saved in Google Keep.

  2. Tap the picture.

  3. Tap the three dots

    button in the upper right corner of your screen.

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    Enter the text from the image
    .

Take notes like a pro

Your Android phone is a great way to take quick notes, but if you prefer handwriting your notes, try taking a handwritten note using one of the best Android tablets. This gives you a paper-like experience, but with all the features of Google Keep at your fingertips.

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