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Getting Started with Google Keep

Ever needed to take a quick note on the fly but didn’t have pen and paper? Or even if you did have the tools to take a note, you can’t seem to keep up with it? There’s app for that…in fact, there are more apps than you can count for that. And now there’s another one–Google Keep.

Google Keep

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Forget what the tech pundits are debating–Google Keep is no Evernote killer. Evernote is like a motorcycle and Keep is a ten-speed bike. But you don’t always need to go a hundred miles an hour down the highway. Sometimes you just need something simple that gets where you want to go. Google Keep might be that for you. Here’s how you get started:

Installing the App

Google Keep is available in the Google Play Store. You can download it one of two ways. The first way is directly from your mobile device. Just click on the Google Play icon and search for “Google Keep” in the bar at the top. Click the app in the search results and click “Install” to get started.

The other way to install it is from the Internet. Go to http://play.google.com in your Internet browser. Search for Google Keep in the search bar at the top. It will probably be the first result. Just click it. Click “Install” and then select the device you’d like to install it to. The app will appear on your device the next time it refreshes.

Writing Your First Note

Once you’ve got the app installed, the next step is to write your first note. Click on the Keep icon in your app menu. Select which type of note you’d like to create from the four icons at the top of the screen. The first is a square document for a basic note. The second is a check mark for a list. The third is a microphone for a voice note and the final one is camera to take a picture note.

From there, it’s just a matter of typing in a title and content. If you chose a list, there are checkboxes next to each item you type. If you chose the voice note, just speak into your device’s microphone when the screen prompts you. If you chose the picture note, just take or select the image from your device’s image menu.

You can also add images to existing notes by click the camera icon at the top of the screen. If you’d like to color code your notes, you can click the paint palette icon. Google Keep saves automatically, much like Google Drive. So if you click away from the app or your screen locks, your note is safe.

Once you’ve got the hang of it, you can create notes with the quick add feature. Just start typing at the top of the screen in the box with the words “Add quick note.” From there, choose coloring, save, or pop out the note for advanced editing. Google Keep also has a widget option to help you take notes fast. Depending on the version of Android you’re using, you can add the widget to one of your screens by selecting it in your app or widget menu.

Accessing Them Online

Google Keep notes are available in the app on your mobile device as well as any other mobile device that has the app installed and linked to the same Google account. To access it in your browser, go to http://drive.google.com/keep. You’ll see your notes in a list or grid form. From there, you can organize, archive, or delete your existing notes. You can also create new notes from that interface, add images, or insert lists.

Bio: Brian Lakeman is author for Activ8me, Australia’s premiere NBN satellite provider. He enjoys writing about tech and gadget tips and ideas.

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