Check Out Google’s Official Google Keep Chrome Extension
Smartphones are great communication devices, but they have many other uses too. We use our smartphones to take pictures and videos, amuse us through music and movies, and record our thoughts and to-dos. My favourite note taking application is Google Keep and recently I’ve been using the official Google Keep extension for the Google Chrome browser. Although I’ve already covered the Google Keep application and service, as a recap this is Google’s note taking application. However, Google Keep is capable of so much more than taking down simple written notes. The Android application is able to parse hyperlinks and show you a preview of the webpage, you can attach pictures and voice notes. Google Keep integrates with the Google Feed’s reminder service and can even read text on attached pictures. Google have also added integration with Google Docs and have given Google Keep similar collaboration technologies as we see with Docs, which means you can share Google Keep notes with other people. That’s great for sharing ideas without the complexity or formality of a Google Doc file.
Thankfully, Google Keep hasn’t forgotten some of the simpler features, which can make using Google Keep much easier. Here, I’m writing about the ability to set reminders on individual Keep notes and set colours, which when combined with Labels, means it’s easy to segregate your different ideas and topics.
One of Google Keep’s uses is to record ideas for a project. This is useful when researching a given project, where Google Keep can be used as a means of collating lots of different ideas. This can include websites, text, pictures, and more. Google Keep allows you to set Labels, meaning it’s easy to sort notes and ideas into their own section – and because Google Keep synchronises everything it needs to via your Google Account, keeping everything organised is easy.
Android’s “Share to” feature makes it easy to drop a website into a Google Keep note, categorise, and save it for later. But I do not always have my Android device with me – sometimes I am using my Google Chromebook, or when not, I am using the Chrome browser on another computer platform. Fortunately Google has a solution here in the shape of the Google Keep Extension for Chrome.
The official Google Keep Extension for the Chrome Browser gives me the ability to copy a website to a Google Keep note by right mouse clicking over a page, or with one click on the Google Keep icon next to the address bar. It’s simple but it’s remarkably effective, takes seconds to install, and if you use Google Keep for research – or if you are thinking about it – it could make note-taking and research life a lot easier.