Notes & lists in Google Keep

You can create notes and lists on the go with the Google Keep Android app, or take a note on your browser using Keep on the web.

Google Keep on Android

When you open Google Keep, all active notes that you've created are displayed. To rearrange them, touch & hold a note and drag it to a new location.

You can view your notes in single or multi-column view. Google Keep displays multi-column view by default, and it modifies the text in your notes to fit that view. To switch to single-column view, touch  Menu > Single-column view

To switch to another Google Account, touch the Navigation drawer icon in the top left corner, then touch the account that's displayed. You can add additional accounts from your device's Settings menu.

Create a new note or list

Add a quick note
  1. Touch Add quick note to start typing.
  2. Touch Done on your keyboard.

To expand the note, touch the Expand icon . To change the note color, touch the Color icon

Notes

To create a note, follow these steps:

  1. Touch the Note icon at the top of the screen.
  2. Start entering text in the Note field. To add a title, touch the Title field.
  3. When you finish, touch the Keep icon  in the top left corner to save.

You can add checkboxes to your note to make it a list. Touch Menu > Show checkboxes to display them in the note.

Lists

To create a list, follow these steps:

  1. Touch the List icon  at the top of the screen.
  2. Enter text to create a list item. To add more items, touch Next on the keyboard to move to the next item. Touch the Title field if you want to enter a title.
  3. To remove an item, touch it, then touch the Remove icon  to the right of it.
  4. When you finish, touch the Keep icon  in the top left corner to save.

To check items on your list, touch the box next to the item. If you want to uncheck all items, touch Menu > Uncheck all items.

Tip: To reorder list items, touch the grab handle on the left side of an item, then drag it to its new location.

To hide the checkboxes, touch Menu > Hide checkboxes.

Make a copy of a list

If you have a list you use frequently, like a shopping or packing list, you can make a copy of it to use again.

  1. Open the list you want to copy.
  2. Touch Menu > Make a copy.
  3. Touch Uncheck all items if you want to uncheck list items.

List settings

To change settings for the list you’re editing or for all future lists, open a list and touch Menu > List settings.

You can change the following settings:

  • Choose to add new list items to the top or bottom of a list.
  • Keep checked items in place or move them to the bottom of a list.
  • Apply these settings to future lists.
Audio notes
  1. Touch the Microphone icon microphone icon at the top of the screen.
  2. Start speaking, then touch the Microphone or stop speaking when you finish. Keep adds an audio recording and the spoken text to the note.
  3. Touch the Title field if you want to add a title, and touch the text above the audio snippet to edit it.

To remove the audio recording, touch the Remove icon  to the right of it.

On devices running Android 4.0, you can speak your notes, but the original audio won't be saved with the transcription.
Photo notes
  1. Touch the Camera icon  at the top of the screen.
  2. Choose to take a photo, or include an existing photo when creating a note within the Keep app.
  3. Touch below the image to add text, then touch the Keep icon  at the top left corner when you’re ready to save.

To remove the photo, touch the Remove icon on the photo.

Manage notes & lists

Archive

If you don’t want certain notes to show up on the main app screen, you can archive them. Just swipe a note on the main Keep screen, or touch Menu > Archive while editing a note.

To view archived notes, touch the Navigation Drawer icon in the top left corner, then touch Archive.

To unarchive a note, touch & hold it, then touch the Unarchive icon. You can also touch Menu > Unarchive while editing a note.

Share

Touch Menu > Share while editing a note to share it via Google+, Gmail, and more. You can also touch & hold a note on the main Keep screen, then touch Menu > Share.

Tip: You can share content from apps like Gallery or Chrome to Google Keep. To do so, touch Menu > Share within the app you want to share from.
Edit

To edit a note, open it, make your changes, and touch the Keep icon  at the top left corner.

To change the color of a note:

  1. While editing a note, touch the Color icon  at the top of the screen.
  2. Touch the color.

To add a photo to a note:

  1. While editing a note, touch the Camera icon  at the top of the screen.
  2. Choose to take a photo, or include an existing photo when creating a note within the Keep app.

If you open an existing note or list without a title, the title field is hidden. It reappears while editing or entering text in the note.

Delete

To delete a note, touch & hold a note, then touch Menu > Delete. You can also touch Menu > Delete while editing a note.

To view deleted notes, touch the Navigation drawer icon, then touch Trash. To bring back a deleted note, touch & hold a note in Trash, then touch the Restore icon.

Touch Menu > Empty trash to permanently delete notes, or open a note and touch Menu > Delete forever. Notes in the trash are deleted forever after seven days.

Conflicting edits

If you edit the same note on multiple devices and one of the devices is offline, you may see a conflicting edits notification. To resolve this issue, follow these steps:

  1. Within the notification, touch Fix.
  2. Select a note to keep, or choose Keep both to save both versions of the note.
Google Keep on the web

Create notes & lists

When you open Google Keep, all active notes and lists that you've created are displayed. To rearrange them, click & hold a note and drag it to a new location.

Notes

To create a note, follow these steps:

  1. Click inside the “Add note” box at the top of the page and start typing.
  2. To add a title, click Title and start typing.
  3. To close a note, click Done.

To change the background color of a note, hover over the color icon and choose a color.

Lists

To create a list, follow these steps:

  1. Click the New list icon on the box at the top of the page.
  2. To add a title, click Title and start typing.
  3. Click List item and start typing.
  4. To close the list, click Done.

To change the background color, hover over the color icon and choose a color.

To reorder list items, touch the grab handle on the left side of an item, then drag it to its new location.

Make a copy of a list

If you have a list you use frequently, like a shopping or packing list, you can make a copy of it without having to uncheck the items.

  1. Hover over the list you want to copy.
  2. Click More.
  3. Click Make a copy.
  4. To uncheck all items, click More on the note, then click Uncheck all items.

List settings

To change settings for the list you’re editing or for all future lists, follow these steps:

  1. Hover over a list.
  2. Click More.
  3. Click List settings.

You can change the following settings:

  • Choose to add new list items to the top or bottom of a list.
  • Keep checked items in place or move them to the bottom of a list.
  • Apply these settings to future lists.
Photo notes

To create a photo note, follow these steps:

  1. Click the Add image icon in the box at the top of the page.
  2. Click Choose an image, then add a title and text. You can also drag an image into the box.
  3. To close the note, click Done.

To remove a photo from a note, touch the  Remove icon in the lower right corner of the image.

Manage notes & lists

Archive

To archive a note, hover over the note, and then click the Archive icon Archive icon.

To see your archived notes, click the navigation drawer icon in the top left corner of the page and select Archive. You can also search for archived notes.

Delete

To delete a note, hover over the note, click More, then click Delete.

To view deleted notes, click the Navigation drawer, then click Trash.

If you want to bring back a deleted note, follow these steps:

  1. Hover over the note, then click More.
  2. Click Restore.

To permanently delete notes, click Empty trash at the top of the screen, or hover over a note and click More > Delete forever. Notes in the trash are deleted forever after seven days.

Choose notes layout

You can see your notes in a list or a grid. To toggle between these views, click the List View or Grid view icons to the right of the “Add note” box at the top of the page.

To see archived notes, reminders, or all notes, click the Navigation drawer in the top left corner or the page.

Keyboard shortcuts

j/k

n/p

Navigate to next/previous note/list

Navigate to next/previous list item

c Compose a note
/ Search notes
? Open keyboard shortcut help
e Archive note/list
# Delete note/list
Esc Save note

Ctrl+g (PC)

Command+g (Mac)

Toggle between list and grid view

Ctrl+Enter (PC)

Command+Enter (Mac)

Save the current note