If you're a Google Keep power user, you probably spend a lot of time moving back and forth between Chrome and Keep. You find a web page you want to check out later (and do so from Google Keep)...what do you do? You copy the link from the browser, open up Google Keep, start a new note, and paste the link.
What if I told you there was a much, much easier way? If you happen to use Chrome, that easier method is butan extension away. Said extension is the Google Keep Chrome Extension. With this handy addition, you can save a URL, an image, or even selected text to Google Keep without having to open Google Keep itself.
Let me walk you through the process of installing and using the Google Keep Chrome Extension.
Installation is simple. Remember, this only works with the Google Chrome browser. Here are the steps for installing:
- Open up Chrome
- Point the browser to the Google Keep Chrome Extension page
- Click on the ADD TO CHROME button
- When prompted, click Add app
- Allow the installation to complete
At this point, you should see a small icon in your Chrome toolbar (Figure A).
The Google Keep Chrome Extension icon, shown to the immediate left of the menu button.
If you've already logged into your Google account through Chrome, you will not have to log into Keep or even give the app permissions...it's ready to go.
Using this extension is incredibly simple. If you're on a website and you want to save the URL to Google Keep, click on the Google Keep Chrome Extension icon and then, when prompted (Figure B), enter a note for the URL or add a tag (both optional). Your note will automatically save to keep for later usage.
Saving a URL to Google Keep.
If you find an image you want to save to keep, all you have to do is right-click the image and click Google Keep Chrome Extension | Save image to Keep, from the context menu (Figure C).
Saving an image to Google Keep.
To save a snippet of text, you simply have to highlight the text, right-click the selection, and then click Save selection to Keep (Figure D).
Saving a block of text to Google Keep.
That's all there is to it. With the Google Keep Chrome Extension, saving various bits from Chrome to Google Keep has never been easier. Give this app a try and see if it doesn't make your daily work with Google Keep significantly more efficient.
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