Did you know that it’s possible to create a Google Keep note from any tab in the Chrome Browser? Not just clipping text or images, but creating a blank note for thoughts and ideas.
I first learnt about this when doing research for my book – Master Google Keep – and I’ve used it pretty much every day since then.
I’m surprised it isn’t talked about more often to be honest as the ability to create a note outside of the application itself was something I really missed when I went from using Evernote as my primary note taking application to Google Keep.
What you will need to capture thoughts via Google Keep
The three things we’ll discuss
- Setting up the Chrome Extension
- How to create a blank Google Keep note
- Some ways you can use this in your own business life
Setting up the Google Keep Chrome Extension
Ok, so I’m assuming that you already have Google Chrome installed on your laptop or desktop as a browser and have a Google account. Without these two items you can’t go any further.
But if you do have them, the next step is to install the Google Keep Chrome Extension:
- Open your Chrome browser and go to the Chrome Webstore.
- Click on the blue ‘Add to Chrome’ button
- Click on ‘Add extension’.
- Once the extension has been added you’ll see a notice confirming the extension has been added.
Now you’re ready for the next step…
Creating a blank Google Keep note
- From an open tab in your Chrome browser right-click on the Google Keep Chrome extension icon. (Interestingly this does not work in a blank tab – you need to actually have a webpage open).
- Select new blank note.
- Type your notes, and add a title or any labels you want. You can’t use hashtags to create labels here – you’ll need to select from labels that have already been created. The note will save automatically.
- View the note in Google Keep by clicking on the Open in Keep icon in the bottom right of the note or click anywhere on the screen to close the note and keep on browsing.
- Don’t want the Keep note after all? Just click on the rubbish bin in the bottom left to delete the note. Like all Google Keep notes it will stay in the rubbish bin for 7 days so if you change your mind, just go to keep.google.com and restore it.
But I can hear you saying – so what Priya? Why not just keep Google Keep open in a browser tab and go there whenever you need to create a new note? Are you just being a bit nerdy for the sake of it, or is there actual value in this for me?
Times when I’ve found this very handy
Whilst it is possible that I am being a bit nerdy and I do often just go straight to the Google Keep browser tab there are times when I much prefer to create a new note from a different tab. For example:
- When I’m writing a blog post (like this one) and think of something I have to do but can’t do right then. Rather than break away from my writing, I’ll jot the thought down on a quick Google Keep note and keep going with my writing.
- When I’m reading an article online and get an idea that I want to follow up on but not right then. A quick Google Keep note captures the idea and I can continue reading the article.
- When I’m chatting online with people or even on a video call. It is often easier to open a Google Keep note from the browser to jot down reminders and ideas I want to pursue, than writing it down in a note pad, especially when I just transfer all my ideas to Google Keep anyway.
- When I want to just quickly jot something down and it isn’t worth changing tabs, clicking into the note field and typing. Right clicking and creating a blank note is much faster when all I want is to, for example, save a phone number that’s being read out to me.
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