Making Google Keep more useful on Android

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If you’re a Google Keep user on Android, you may be wishing there was an easier way to add a new note into Keep without having to either open the app or use one of Google’s two widgets (3×1 and 3×2 size?  Really?) to tie up precious desktop space.  If you also use Nova Launcher here’s a trick to save some space and make things faster.

Screenshot of Google Keep activities in Nova Launcher

From the page on your launcher where you want to add a shortcut, bring up the Nova menu and select Shortcuts > Activities.
Scroll down until you find the Keep section then expand it to show all the various activities that can be done.  Select “activities.EditorActivity” from the list and you’ll now have a shortcut on your home page that immediately launches into a new note with just a tap.  No big widget, no extra memory use.  It’s just that easy.