Do you ever find yourself leaving multiple tabs open in your web browser, in order to read something later? Or maybe you just bookmark them, planning to come back later but then can’t find the exact links in amongst all the other bookmarks? Or even worse, can’t actually remember why you bookmarked something?
I’m always finding myself in these sort of situations and I am constantly thankful for the use of Keep at these times to help keep me organised.
In order to use this capability you will need to use the Chrome web browser on the desktop or laptop and the Google Keep Chrome extension.
To install the extension go to the Google Chrome Webstore and follow the instructions.
If the extension has installed correctly you will see a little grey version of the Google Keep icon in the toolbar, to the right of the URL address box.
Once installed you can bookmark an entire webpage or send selected text or even an image to Google Keep.
Bookmarking an entire webpage:
Click on the grey lightbulb or right click anywhere on the webpage and select Save to Keep. The URL to the page will be automatically inserted into the new Google Keep note though you can choose to delete it by clicking on the paperclip in the top right of the note
You can also type any additional information here that you wish, including adding a label from the list by clicking on the label icon.
To close the note, and keep surfing just click anywhere outside the Google Keep note. All changes are automatically saved.
The grey lightbulb changes to yellow to show you the page has been saved to Google Keep.
Bookmarking part of a webpage via Chrome web browser:
Don’t want a link to the whole page, just want to save just a particular portion of it? No problems. The Google Keep Chrome extension allows you to do that too.
- Highlight the content that you want to keep.
- Right-click and then select Save selection to Keep
- If you’re saving an image, then select Save image to Keep
What I absolutely love about this, is that the URL of the webpage is also attached to the Google Keep note – so you know immediately where that quote or image came from if you need to go back for more information, or to properly cite the quote. Such a simple idea but so very, very useful.
Bookmarking Chrome webpages on a mobile device
Don’t worry if you mainly use Google Keep via your mobile or tablet. Even though you are using a mobile device rather than a website, you can still bookmark web pages or portions of a web page as long as you have the Google Keep app installed.
- From any Chrome mobile browser window on the mobile device tap on the Menu (three vertical dots in the top right of the screen).
- Tap on Share link.
- Tap on the Keep app icon to share the webpage to Keep.
Just like on the web, you can add your own text, and/or labels before tapping Save to save and close the note.
Bookmarking a portion of a Chrome webpage on a mobile device
- From any Chrome mobile browser window on the mobile device highlight the content (or image) that you wish to save.
- Tap on share (or share image if you’ve selected an image)
- Tap on the Keep app icon to save that portion of the webpage to Google Keep.
How to create a new Google Keep note from your Chrome Browser
This is an extremely handy little attribute of the Google Keep Chrome extension and I’m surprised it isn’t talked about more often to be honest. It is something I really missed when I moved from using Evernote as my primary note taking application to Google Keep – the ability to create a note outside of the application itself – and I’m so glad I discovered it.
To create a new Google Keep note whilst surfing the web:
- Right-click on the grey Chrome extension.
- Select new blank note. (Interestingly this does not work in a blank tab – you need to actually have a webpage open).
- Type your notes, and add a title or any labels you want. 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.
Want to learn more about Google Keep?
Check out my book Master Google Keep: The Ultimate (Unofficial) Guide to Google Keep to not only learn how to use Google Keep but get 43 tips on how to actually use it in your business and personal life.