How to search on multiple labels in Google Keep

While the Google Keep interface doesn’t let you search for notes using multiple labels, a little URL hack will get you there.

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. MartiEllie 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:

Screenshot showing how search works using a single label

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,how-to

and it only pulls those notes up:

Screenshot showing how you can search using multiple labels

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).

Author: Dave

Dave is many things. Most importantly, he's a husband and a father to Ellie and Jack. Almost as important, he's British (though he lives in Florida). Following on from there, he's a WordPress developer and civil engineer, has an unhealthy love of hummus, is vegan, likes cider, wants to travel to Iceland and Japan, loves solving puzzles and is a realist.

5 thoughts on “How to search on multiple labels in Google Keep”

  1. Thank you for sharing this working around. I am also using Google Keep quite a bit and the multi-tag search function has quickly become a necessity.

  2. Thanks very much for the tip – excellent.
    I also use the Keep web interface to get the URL for a specific note so that I can insert the link into another note for cross-linking notes.

  3. Thanks for this! I simply Bookmark the Keep results, change the name to my custom lookup and that works like a charm!

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