I’ve recently been moving all of my notes into Google Keep, which I appreciate for its simplicity (Evernote, take note – pun very much intended).
One of its shortcomings though is that you can’t seem to be able to search on multiple labels. For example, I use my labels contextually, so I might tag people that a note applies to, e.g. Marti, Ellie or Jack, but I may also label a note with what the label is about, e.g. gifts (for reminders about things that someone may appreciate as a gift), or food (for noting someone’s favourite restaurants, recipes, or how they like their coffee made). So when my wife’s birthday is coming up, I want to be able to search for all notes tagged with Marti and gifts. To my knowledge, there is not currently a way to do this within the Google Keep interface.
However, after using the web app and tinkering with the search URLs, I found what appears to be a manual working solution. When you use the interface to find notes in a given label, the URL looks like this:
While there’s not a way to do this using the interface, you can simply add additional labels to the URL using a comma, which will search for additional labels using an AND operator.
So if I just want to pull up notes tagged with cars and how-to (to pull up notes that have processes for how to do things with my car, and ignore anything else to do with my cars) I can use the URL
and it only pulls those notes up:
It’s a bit clunky, but it does the trick. Hopefully, Google will make this a core feature soon because I’m coming to rely quite heavily on Google Keep now (if you’re frustrated with your current note-taking software, give it a try).