The note-takers that I use, use folders. I'm used to using folders.

How do you mimic folders in Google Keep?

One thing that I thought of is to keep a separate note that has the list of all tags, but it's too much work writing a tag and then putting it in a different note. Clicking in the list of folders is faster.

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    Far from ideal but... using folder colors ?
    – danidemi
    Oct 22, 2014 at 12:18
  • @danidemi This is close to an answer, but not quite there in terms of detail. Could you expand on it a bit more and edit the changes into your answer? Then you can flag it to be undeleted.
    – jonsca
    Oct 22, 2014 at 19:10

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Keep now supports Labels. you can filter your notes using Labels.

Organize notes with labels - Google Keep help


In Google Keep you can change the color of your notes. So, one idea could be to use a specific color for all notes you would like to move into a folder. Just as an example, you could use "green" for "friends" related notes, "yellow" for "meeting" related notes, and so on. In this way, at first sight, you would know what a note concerns. To change a note color, move the pointer over a note, and then on the palette that will show up in the bottom, then click the color you like.

  • You would still need special note that lists colors and names of folders Oct 25, 2014 at 17:08

When you create a new note, you can use a title that contains a sort of label. For instance, you can use for notes about friends, these titles: "[FRIENDS] Dinner @ Joe", "[FRIENDS] Beer with Jean", "[JOB] Phone back Paul". Then, in the search folder, it's enough to type the label you are interested in. So, if you want to retrieve all the notes labelled as JOB, just search for "[JOB]".

  • This the same as having tags in the title Oct 25, 2014 at 17:09

You could create labels as such:


Work/Vehicle Maintenance

Total list of labels still gets pretty long but since they are in alphabetical order shouldn't be to bad.


Use notes themselves as folders.

Each note has its own URL so you can in theory create a note called my house.

Then create more notes My Kitchen, My Bedroom, My Bathroom, etc... On the desktop when you open a keep note the URL changes to the direct address.

So when you click on My Kitchen copy the URL Then open My house and Type something link "My Kitchen -" then paste the URL. click on My Bedroom copy the URL Then open My house and Type something link "My Bedroom -" then paste the URL.

The notes are still all in the same place they have always been but now at least your "house" has a folder structure.

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