‘Google Keep’ – the Google product you haven’t used, but that you might really like

I am a Google Drive POWER USER and love most all of their applications including Google Sites, Google Slides, etc.  That is why it is surprising that I had never used ‘Google Keep’ before – until today.

Google Keep (source: Google.com/keep)(Image source: Google.com/Keep)

It has similarities to Evernote, to Mac’s ‘Notes’, and other programs, but better! You can use it to jot down notes, to make shopping lists, to make reminders, to save information from Websites, and more.

When you save something in the ‘Google Keep‘ app for iPhone or Android OR via the Chrome browser extension it syncs to the other devices. You can also add it as an app on your desktop or Mac dock (I haven’t figured out how to change from one email address on the desktop version yet.)

Keep has excellent voice recognition for recording audio notes.

It is very easy to save the things you ‘keep’ to Google Docs.

You can ‘tag’ items under categories such as: News, Inspiration, Music, Tasks, Lists, Websites, etc. You can then look at only items with the ‘tag’ that you select.

Here is a video that shows the BASICS (there is so much more you can do with Keep using its Apps and Chrome browser extension)

A feature I particularly like is the ability to ‘grab text from an image’ so you can use it in a word processor, etc. In other words, if you save an image to ‘Keep’ then you request ‘Keep’ to copy and paste the words from an image for you to use later. Click here for a ‘screen recording’ of me ‘grabbing the text’ from a Dr. Seuss image. (Sorry – no audio, just video)

Keep – grab text from image


Here are some articles on how to get more from ‘Keep’:




Are you a ‘SLACK’er? Not yet? Maybe it’s time to become one. : )




Slack is considered to be ‘Team communication for the 21st century’. THAT ‘team’ may be at work, at school or it may be just friends or family.

Slack is a messaging system which has some similarities to Facebook Messenger or Google+ but it is much more useful.

Add in ScreenHero and you have one incredible tool providing voice, video and screen sharing features!

Here is a brief video that will give you an overview –

Some key features:

  • You can organize your team’s conversations in channels – one for a project, one about a topic, or anything. Everyone will be able to see what’s going on.”
  • You can create ‘private channels’ and invite only a few team members. Everything on the channel will be kept private among that team and in that channel.
  • You can ‘direct message’ a team member directly privately and securely.”
  • You can use your browser, use an App on a PC or Mac desktop, or use a mobile app.
  • You can easily upload files to Slack to securely share them with a colleague, a channel, or a group.
  • You can set a ‘Do Not Disturb

Mentioned earlier, ScreenHero adds a really cool feature! You and another person can share computer screens – I can show you mine and you can show me yours. This is a great tool that can be used for effective ‘Desk Help’, troubleshooting, or for teaching computer skills to another or to each other.

“Slack is a team communication tool that’s not just powerful and easy to use, it’s actually fun.”

Learn more about ‘Slack’ and become a ‘Slack’er!

The SLACK Website

25 Weird & Wonderful Slack Integrations You Need to Try