Keep Notes with Google Keep

google-keepGoogle Keep is a syncing notepad that connects to Google Drive. It also supports photo notes, voice notes, and checklists. It is available for Chrome browsers  on Windows and Macintosh, for Android devices, and for Chromebooks. It can be an excellent tool for taking notes in the field or for transcribing information found in books and old documents. It also saves audio notes meaning you can dictate any notes or old documents into the app to save and play them back later. (It doesn’t convert your spoken words to text, however.)

It also creates excellent to-do lists. Set a location-based reminder to pull up your grocery list right when you get to the store. The next time you go to the store, share your shopping list with your spouse or significant other on Keep and watch as items get checked off in real time. There is no need for text messages back and forth.

Need to finish a to-do? Set a time-based reminder to make sure you never miss a thing.

Google Keep is a simple program with a minimum of organizational capabilities. However, you can color-code the background of each note with a preselected color palette, and add labels when you need them. As an added bonus, you can set custom notifications for each note based on time or location.

When you need to retrieve a note, you can quickly filter and search for any notes by color and other attributes including lists with images, audio notes with reminders or just see shared notes.

Google Keep should not be compared to Evernote or Microsoft OneNote. It is designed for different purposes. Google Keep is a super easy-to-use and very fast app for keeping those quick “notes to oneself” although you can also share notes with others. It doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of either Evernote or OneNote nor does it have the complexity of those products. If you are not using a syncing note-taking app yet, you do use Android, and if Google Chrome is your default browser, Google Keep could be the productivity and organizational tool for you.

You can learn more about Google Keep at http://www.google.com/keep/.

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Sounds great. But what happens when Google decides to drop it as it has other products.

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    —> But what happens when Google decides to drop it as it has other products.

    I doubt if that would be much of a problem. Google has canceled a number of products over the years and has always given six months or more advance notice. That gives users a lot of advance notice so their data can be moved in plenty of time.

    If you only have a few notes in Google Keep, you could easily copy-and-paste each note one at a time into any other note-keeping application of your choice. If you have a lot of notes, it probably would be easier to use Google Takeout to export all the information at once. To do so, go to http://google.com/takeout and choose Keep as an option. Choose archive format. This will create an archive of hyperlinked HTML notes that should contain all of your content.

    Google Takeout also can save your data from Google Calendar, Blogger.com, your bookmarks in Google Chrome, your contacts saved in Google, all the files in Google Drive, and much, much more. You can select any one of these, any combination of those, or simply export everything.

    Google always makes sure you have a method of exporting your data from any Google product and always gives a lot of advance notice any time it does terminate a service.

    I wish all the other online services would do the same.

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I used Keep for awhile, for all the reasons you point out. However, I eventually found it limiting. It didn’t sync very well, and had limited capabilities for categorization and limited editing tools. All of the limitations I encountered with Keep were overcome with EverNote. If you don’t bring in a lot of larger files, it is free. If you do, it is only $6/mo. And I was able to extract all of my Keep notes and import them into EverNote. If you are doing something simple and limited, Keep is awesome and easy to use. EverNote is easy to use, and will do everything from the simplest to the most complex tasks, and it has great collaborative tools.

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I guess I’m the perfect tester for Google Keep, because I don’t need any of the things that I’ve read that don’t work. I wanted it strictly for brief notes on my tablet that get deleted when no longer needed. I’ve only been using it for a matter of hours, so, we’ll see.

I’m writing to let you know that indeed, it DOES convert my spoken words to text. I don’t know if this is true on all tablets. I have the AARP RealPad that comes with Google Speak.

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