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Third-Party Dev Brings Google Keep to Google Chrome

Google are yet to release an official extension for their new note-taking and task management service Keep – but that hasn’t stopped developers crafting solutions to use in the mean-time.

Keep is available to use via any web browser but, for some, there’s nothing like handy omnipresent access. And this extension, whilst short on features (hardly the developers fault) fulfils that aim well.

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Google Keep Extension for Google Chrome

Features

On to what the extension can do. Which, in all honesty, isn’t a lot.

Once installed it adds a Keep icon to the Chrome toolbar. Clicking on this will open up a small Keep window as a pop-up or, if enabled, as a ‘panel app’ (see below for more on that).

You can manually set the width and height of the pop-up window from the extension’s options page (right-click on the extension icon in the toolbar and select ‘Options’ to access them).

The window itself is the regular mobile version of Google Keep. This lets you create new notes, to-do lists and upload images for reference. It doesn’t, as the official Android app allows, the creation of audio notes.

Advanced options, specifically integration with right-click menus. As such you can’t right click on some text and choose ‘add to new note’), are lacking. Though this is more a limitation of the Google Drive/Keep API than an omission on the part of the developer.

Panel

The ‘extension’ can be opened in a New Tab, Pop-Up or, if you have panels enabled in Chrome or Chrome OS, as a panel app.

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Unofficial Keep App Running in a Panel

Google Keep Extension is a free add-on for Google Chrome and Google Chrome OS.

Google Keep Extension for Chrome (Unofficial)

  • http://www.facebook.com/browncanada Jonah Brown

    It should be Google that makes these things.

    • http://twitter.com/redbullcat Phil Oakley

      Indeed it should. I’m hoping they make a Gmail packaged app; offline by default and outside the browser, which is the new packaged app standard.

      • http://www.facebook.com/browncanada Jonah Brown

        Like on the Android OS?

        • http://twitter.com/redbullcat Phil Oakley

          Yep. But I don’t want Android and Chrome OS to merge. I just want Chrome OS to take a more ‘apps-on’ approach to Chrome OS.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kasper-Kalee/100002145715804 Kasper Kalee

            That is the same as me.
            Otherwise I had to wait for the android laptop.
            Yes I think android is pure google but it is still verry differend than chrome os!
            Chrome os feels more like google!

          • Danny McVey
    • Paul Eiche

      Hey, I’m the developer of this extension. I wholeheartedly agree with you! I just wanted to be able to use Keep in a convenient way. :)

  • ineptone

    I had downloaded this extension previously and thought it was great. However, it seems to have disappeared from Chrome and I can no longer find it in the Chrome Webstore. What happened to it?

    • http://twitter.com/abrahamreyes9 Abraham Reyes

      I was just about to load it on my other computer but it looks like it has been removed :( BOOO

    • Darien

      Coincidence ;) Seems Google did not like it. It got deleted when they uploaded their own 20 MB ugly Keep extension :(