Monday, 13 March 2017

Google Keep joins G Suite

You may be familiar with Google Keep already. It was launched in 2013 as a quick and simple way to keep notes and to do lists on your phone or computer but has only just become an official member of the G Suite family. You can get to Google Keep through the Google Apps menu on the top right of the screen in Drive or Gmail. 

It has the usual features you would expect from a G Suite app, like being able to use it on your Android or iOS device and the ability to share notes and reminders with collaborators. Here’s a more in depth look at Keep’s best features. 

Google Docs integration


 Google Keep’s introduction to G Suite coincides with the launch of the new Google Docs integration feature. In the Tools menu in Docs, choose Keep notepad and your notes will open in a side panel. From here, you can drag and drop snippets of text, bullet points and images into the document. The reverse also works; highlight a paragraph or image, right click and select Save to Keep notepad. The new note will also include a link to the original document to make it easy to find later.

Keep on any device

Google Keep works well on any device and is available as an app on both Android and iOS. It’s especially useful for creating audio notes and reminders and saving images from your phone into your Keep notepad. As with on the browser version, you can quickly filter and search for notes by color and other attributes like lists with images, audio notes with reminders or just see shared notes. 

Keep extension for Chrome

There’s also a Google Keep extension available for Chrome. This is handy because it allows you to save useful websites and images from webpages directly to Keep without having to open the app. To get the extension, open the Chrome browser, hover over Chrome in the top right corner and select Preferences, then Extensions and search for Keep. (If it says that your account can’t be signed in to the extension, check that you’re not already signed into Chrome with your personal Google account.)

Google Keep is a great way to organise your work and personal notes, tasks and reminders. Look for it in the G Suite apps menu on the top right corner of Drive or Gmail and give it a go.