Google Keep is an incredible tool for quick note taking and organization. We love using Google Keep headers for our business (and just to make it look nice!). Google Keep is something we love. We use it to keep our to-do lists organized. We use it to write down ideas, for example blog posts, videos or podcast episodes. It even allows us to collaborate on the lists.
It’s great for keeping track of lessons planned and grading tasks. Google Keep offers endless possibilities for new ways to use it!
How to create custom Google Keep headers and improve your organization
Google Keep headers allow you to create visually appealing and well-organized notes. These can be added to any note, as an image file. Google Slides and Google Drawings are great options to create custom Google Keep headings. You can also use other tools, such as Canva. Start by creating a new slides/drawings.doc. Next, modify the page layout. Add your text and photos. Finally, download the PNG file and upload to Google Keep. GIFs can also be used as Google Keep headers. Keep reading to learn how!
Steps to Create Your Google Keep Headers
Let’s get started by describing how to create simple, but fun, custom Google Keep headers using these six easy steps.
1. Make a new Google Slides presentation or a new Google Drawing.
You can design your Google Keep headers on any platform, Google Slides or Google Drawings. Google Slides is recommended if you need to create multiple headers within a single document. Google Drawings can be used if you only need to create one header that you can save as a backup. You can use both the tools for similar functionality so you just need to choose one.
Slides.new is a great way to create a new Google Slides presentation or drawing. Slides.new allows you to create new Google Slides presentations and drawings. Or, you can use Google Slides to create a new Google Drawings document.
Use the slides.new URL to create a new presentation.
2. Change your page dimensions (optional)
While this is not necessary, we prefer to create headers that are slightly shorter than the slide/drawing height. Google Keep headers can be any size – this depends on your design style.
You can change the page dimensions by going to File, then “Page Setup”. Click on the dropdown and choose “Custom” to enter your preferred dimensions. While we’ve found 6 x 3, inches to be the most effective, it is possible to use other dimensions. Click on “Apply” once you are done to save your changes.
Google slides – Change page layout settings
3. For your Google Keep header titles, add your text and/or artwork
Now, let’s get creative! Incorporate your Google Keep header text into your design. It’s best to make your text large so it is easy to read when your image is added as a Google Keep note.
If you have used our suggested slide/drawing dimensions (e.g. 6 x 3 in.), you will want to choose a font that is at least 80 pt. The font size you choose will affect this. Fonts can be sized differently depending on many factors. You can play with the font on your page layout to ensure that it takes up most of the page’s width.
This is a great place to use word art to enhance your design. Click on “Insert”, and then choose “Word Art”. Simply type in your word(s), then select “Word Art” to alter its appearance.
Google Slides can be customized with text and word art
If you want to match text or word art to Google Keep’s colours, you can find all the necessary hex codes here. Add a custom color and then paste this hexcode to match it perfectly.
Google Keep Color HEX Code
#CCFF90 in Green
#A7FFEB in Teal
#CBF0F8 in Blue
Dark Blue #AECBFA
#E6C9A8 in Brown
4. Use icons and/or other images to add visual cues to your notes
A picture is worth a thousand phrases. You might consider adding icons, visuals or even bitmoji to your Google Keep headers. The combination of text and images makes it easier to identify the right note.
Look for images with transparent backgrounds when you’re adding images (typically these are PNG files). Other tools we recommend are Google slides add-ons, such as Insert Icons for Slides. Also, the IconsMania website created by SlidesMania. Google Fonts has its own icons.
Google slideshows: Add images and icons
5. As an image file, download your Google Keep Header
After you’re done creating your masterpiece, it’s time for you to download your image file. This is the same process for Google Slides and Google Drawings. It is best to download it as both a PNG and JPG file.
Click “File”, “Download”, then “Download”, to download your slide/drawing as an image. This will instantly download the image to your computer. Next, you can use this image in Google Keep.
Downloading a slide or drawing in a PNG format
6. Add the image to a Google Keep Note
Next, add your image as a Google Keep note. There are two ways you can do this. Drag and drop your image onto any note. Alternativly, you can click the “Add image” button on existing and new notes. You can click the “Add Image” button, navigate, and then select the image file you want to use. You’re done!
- Google Keep notes: Images added to Google Keep
- Bonus Tips for Taking Your Google Keep Headers Up to the Next Level
1. Google Keep Pinning Notes
You can pin your most important lists or notes to the top Google Keep window for quick access. This is a great way to make sure these notes are always at the top when you use Google Keep with other apps, such as Drive, Calendar and Gmail.
To pin a note to Google Keep, hover over it and click the small pushpin icon at the top right of the note. Click the icon again to remove the note.
Google Keep: Pin or unpin notes
2. Consider using Canva to design your Google Keep Headers
Canva is an amazing tool. We’ve also discussed how you can use it to create custom Google Jamboard templates. A podcast episode on Canva is also available. You can listen to it here, or on your preferred podcasting app, such as Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts.
Canva is a great tool for creating custom Google Keep headers. Register for an EDU account to gain access to a variety of premium templates, fonts, images, and more. Canva doesn’t go into details, so please refer to the links above if there are any questions.
3. GIFs are possible to be added to Google Keep Headers
Add animation to your Google Keep headers. This will really make it stand out. Google Keep lets you add GIFs to your headers. You can also do a lot with animated Google Keep. Canva is a great tool to make your GIFs. You can use a variety of interactive stickers and videos to enhance your Google Keep headers. You can have fun playing around with it.
Templates to Google Keep Headers
Are you feeling drained of time and energy? We have compiled a list of resources that can be used to help you get started so that you don’t have to start all over again.
SlidesMania Template: We’ve used this template a lot, and it’s very easy to customize.