How to: use Google Keep

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GOOGLE is tak­ing on Ever­note with Google Keep, a new note-tak­ing and sync­ing ser­vice. It has been down this path be­fore, with the now de­funct Google Note­book, but this is new.

What is it?

It’s an An­droid-only app (no iOS ver­sion at this stage) that lets you make notes, record an au­dio mes­sage, keep a check­list or take a pic­ture and sync it to the web. The idea, like with all cloud ser­vices, is that you have ac­cess to your data across de­vices.

How­does it work?

You have a choice of four icons that you tap on, de­pend­ing on whether you are mak­ing a note, a check­list, an au­dio mes­sage or a photo. You can search through Keep for a key­word. De­pend­ing on which ver­sion of An­droid you are us­ing, your au­dio note may just be con­verted through text-to-speech to a text file, or kept as a text file and an au­dio file. The notes ap­pear on the screen sim­i­lar to the way you might pin mes­sages on a cork­board, and you can move them around to keep the ur­gent ones in the most prom­i­nent place. If you are run­ning An­droid 4.2 or higher, you have a lock-screen wid­get that lets you add a note with­out un­lock­ing your de­vice.

Howdo you ac­cess your notes?

You can edit your notes at drive.google.com/ keep. Google says in a few weeks you will be able to ac­cess them from Google Drive.

What is it miss­ing?

Ever­note lets you store your notes in note­books — a handy way of keep­ing items on the same project to­gether. With Google Keep, at least at this stage, it’s all in one work­ing area or archived.

Whow­ill want to use it?

It will be of par­tic­u­lar in­ter­est to those who are keen users of Google’s cloud ser­vices. If you keep your doc­u­ments and pho­tos on Google Drive, you may well want to keep your notes there.

RC

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