The internet is flooded with so much information that I sometimes wonder if it has made my mind weak. Remembering simple things like phone numbers or things to buy can be a hassle if note-taking apps aren’t around. To quickly remember the information you need to take note of, one needs a reliable notes app. Microsoft Sticky Notes and Google Keep are two such applications. If you stumbled upon them by chance and wondering which one you should use, let’s see how Google Keep differs from Sticky Notes.
Google Keep and Sticky Notes provide a lightweight interface. Using it to take notes is convenient for two reasons. First, you don’t need to remember the notes in your mind right now. Second, these apps are accessible on mobile and desktop devices, and you can access them anywhere.
We know your primary concern is which one to use – Microsoft Sticky Notes or Google Keep? Find the answer in this post.
Availability and integration across cross-platform
A good note-taking app should work across platforms so that you can access your notes easily. Very few apps offer cross-platform support. Fortunately, Microsoft Sticky Notes and Google Keep are among them, but with some limitations.
Google Keep has mobile apps for Android and iPhone. You can access it on a computer at keep.google.com. Although Keep doesn’t have a proper desktop app, you can access it and add notes to it from a computer in many other ways. Google Keep also has a Chrome extension which is well integrated within Gmail. So you can quickly take notes without leaving your email flow.
On the contrary, Sticky Notes has a good desktop app for Windows 10. It has been a part of Windows PCs since the beginning. You can share Sticky Notes between Windows computers with the help of sync feature. The dedicated Sticky Notes app is not available for Android, iOS, iPad, or Mac. But notes can be accessed on other devices with the help of Microsoft OneNote app and Microsoft Launcher on Android. Additionally, Sticky Notes can be accessed from Outlook as well.
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Design and interface
Microsoft Sticky Notes and Google Keep have a similar feel to their user interface. Both are like notes on a tablet. However, there are certain differences. For starters, Sticky Notes stores all the notes in the Notes list. Clicking on any note will open it.
While both apps don’t offer any sort modes, you can rearrange notes in Google Keep using drag and drop. Google Keep offers two design customizations for displaying notes – grid and list view. Microsoft Sticky Notes does not allow you to change display modes.
Moreover, the size of a Google Keep note changes depending on its content across platforms. This does not happen with Sticky Notes where it is a fixed size. I like Sticky Notes better in terms of looks. The asymmetrical size of the Notes in Keep makes them appear disorganized and cluttered.
Since Sticky Notes is primarily a Windows app, you can install individual Sticky Notes on your screen. The same is possible in Google Keep Android app with the help of tools.
Speed is one factor that makes Sticky Notes and Google Keep ideal for quick note-taking. You can click or tap the new note button, and you immediately start jotting your thoughts. Close the note and it will be saved automatically. It adds autosave in both apps to their list of achievements. On top of that, by the time you open the app on a different device, the Note will have synced. The apps are so fast that they can be used as clipboards across platforms.
Organize your notes
I prefer to use a note taking app that offers folders or other types of organization features. Neither Google Keep nor Sticky Notes provide a folder structure. But Google Keep lets you create labels, which are tags for your notes. You can group similar notes with the help of labels. Check out our guide on how to create and use labels in Google Keep. The feature is missing in Sticky Notes.
Both apps let you colorize your notes. This is useful in organizing your notes. You can use colors to group similar types of notes according to their topic, importance, priority, etc. Check out other ways to organize your Google Keep notes.
Looking for your feedback
Once you’ve memorized a lot of notes, finding the right note at the right time can be daunting. This is where research helps. Fortunately, both apps allow you to find your notes using the quick search feature.
But Google Keep goes a step further and lets you search by different filters like type of notes, stickers, things (food, places, travel) and even notes color.
Recover deleted notes
Google Keep offers a useful feature in the form of a trash can that keeps your deleted notes for seven days. If you accidentally deleted your note, don’t worry. You can restore it from Bin. Sticky Notes does not offer such a feature. You will have to try different solutions to recover accidentally deleted notes in Sticky Notes.
Besides the mentioned features, both the apps offer additional functions that are missing in the other app. For example, Google Keep allows you to collaborate with others, which Sticky Notes does not offer. Likewise, Sticky Notes let you format text with text formatting options like bold, italic, lists, etc. Google Keep does not offer text formatting. However, it does provide checklists for creating to-do lists, which is missing from Sticky Notes.
On the go, Google Keep lets you create reminders (based on time and location) and pin notes. Both features are missing in Sticky Notes.
Pro tip: Use the Microsoft To-Do app to create reminders.
When it comes to creating different types of notes, you can add images and drawing in each of them. One of the great things about Google Keep is that if a note becomes too large, you can convert it to a Google Docs document directly from Keep using Copy to Google Docs.
Moreover, both Google Keep and Sticky Notes support keyboard shortcuts. Check out the list of shortcuts that will be used with Sticky Notes and Google Keep.
Which one to use
The answer depends on your personal choice. As you saw above, both are somewhat similar, but each app has its charms. I use both apps. When I’m working on my computer, it’s easy to put notes in Sticky Notes. And when I use my phone, Google Keep proves to be a better app. Primarily, because Sticky Notes is inside the OneNote app. So it takes a few more steps to open the app. But both offer minimal features that are perfect for taking quick notes. If you are looking for note-taking apps for long notes, check out Microsoft OneNote or Notion.
And if you are looking for something similar to Google Keep, check out its alternatives. Likewise, if Sticky Notes holds your heart, but you’re not satisfied with the offerings, take a look at Sticky Notes alternatives.