I showed this handy tip to a business associate the other day and he was amazed. Did you know that there’s a free app that can quickly turn a picture into text? It’s a function of Google Keep.

. Keep is a notetaking program that’s one of the many web apps that’s offered for free along with your Google Account.

If you have a Gmail address, Android phone, or YouTube account, you already have an account with Google and can easily access Keep. If not, you can click here to learn how to create a Google account. 

To open Keep, you can open up your Gmail inbox and click the square of dots at the top right.

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Or go to Google.com, log in, and click the square of squares on the upper-right side.

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When the menu below pops up, scroll down to Keep. Click to open.

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Here’s what the Keep home screen looks like.

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To create your first note, click in the box.

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Additional options will appear at the bottom.

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Here’s how to quickly take text from an image.  Start by creating a new note with an image.

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Select the image with the text. Choose Open.

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Once the note is created, click the three-dot menu icon. Then choose Grab image text from the drop-down menu.

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The text will be copied into the note.

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You’ll be able to edit and copy the text.