Google Keep is one of the most popular note apps out there. It may or may not offer you all the features you need, but it’s still a great app to use. There’s more to the app than just taking notes. You can add more than just text, and you can also make it look good in the process.
By giving your notes your own personal touch, you can make notes easier to find. For example, if you give your most important notes a red color, you’ll be able to spot them immediately. Let’s see what other thing you can do with Google Keep.
How to Become a Google Keep Master
Some of the Google keep features are easy to find, but others may not. You may need to access a specific area of the app before seeing the option you’re looking for. But, let’s start with the options that are easy to find.
Give Your Google Keep Notes Some Color
When you first create a note, the default color is black. But, if you give your different types of notes a specific color, there’s going to be easier to find. For example, the grocery list can have a yellow color, while the daily to-do list can have a purple color. These are only suggestions; if other colors work better for you, go for it.
To assign your note a color, tap on the dots at the newly created note’s bottom right.
Once you tap on the dots, a series of color options will appear at the bottom. Swipe left to see more colors, and when you see the one you want, tap on it to select it. The color will be applied to the note immediately. As long as you have your new note open, there are other things you can do to it. For example, you can pin it, add a notification, and archive it (the icon with the arrow pointing down).
Add Labels, Collaborator, Make a Copy, Delete, and Share Your Note
As long as you’re in that area giving your note some color, other options will also appear. After adding the color, you can also delete or make a copy of your note. If you want someone else to have the note, you can use the send option. Google Keep will give you the option to send a copy to Google Docs, or you can use other installed apps.
To add a collaborator, the app will need access to your contacts. So, that permission should come up. Type the person’s name or email and tap on the contact when they appear in the results. When you see the person’s profile picture, email, and name, that means they have been added correctly.
Pin the Google Keep Note
At the top, you’re going to see a pin icon. Tap on that if you want this note to always appear at the top of the notes. By pinning a note, regardless of the number of notes you create, that pinned note will always be on top and won’t get lost in the sea of notes.
Give Your Keep Note a Notification
You may not have a long list of things to do today, but there is that one thing you can’t forget about. By adding a notification, you can be reminded based on the time and date. There’s also a location-based reminder too. To add a notification to your note, tap on the bell icon at the top right.
When you tap on the bell, a series of options will appear from the bottom of your display. You can choose from options such as:
- Tomorrow morning
- Tomorrow evening
- Friday morning
- Pick a date and time
- Pick a place
If you ever want to change the time you added, follow the same steps and choose your new option. When you select another option, it’ll replace the old one you chose.
Grab Text from Image
Avoid typing something manually and have Google Keep do the work for you. Let’s say you uploaded various images, and you want to grab the text from them. Each image will have dots at the top right. Tap on them and select the Grab image from the text option.
What Google Keep will do is paste all the text from the image in the notes area. Here, you can edit it or leave it as it. There’s no option only to have Keep paste a specific part of the text. You can also grab text from images if the image is a doodle.
Add Checkboxes and Use Voice to Text
Adding checkboxes is a must when you’re creating a shopping list. Once you’ve got an item, you can cross it off. To create checkboxes, tap on the square with the plus sign at the bottom left. The checkboxes option will be the last one on the list. When you select the option, the first box will appear, and as you add more options to the list, another box will appear.
When you tap on the box with the plus sign, you’ll also see an option to record. Every word you say will not only be recorded, but it’ll also be typed as well. So, you’ll have both text and audio options. You’ll see the play button and an X to the right, just if you want to remove the audio.
Google Keep is full of useful features. Some features are easier to find than others, but they’re there. There’s always room for improvement, so hopefully, Google Keep will keep adding those useful features. Did I miss a feature you use? Let me know in the comments below.