Comparison Chart of Evernote, Microsoft OneNote, and Google Keep

A fast overview of major features in top note-taking apps

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Taking digital notes can be a great productivity move, so make sure you have the right tool for you.

Microsoft OneNote, Evernote, and Google Keep are three of the most popular note-taking applications on the market. But you may be wondering how anyone decides which one is right for them, so before investing time and energy in adopting a new note-taking tool, here is an overview.

This chart gives you a bird's-eye view of more than 40 features many professionals, students, families or individuals look for in a great note-taking app.


DeliveryWeb, Mobile, DesktopWeb, Mobile, DesktopWeb, Mobile
WindowsYesYesOnline Only
Mac OS XYesYesOnline Only
iOSYesYesOnline Only
Windows PhoneYesYesOnline Only
BlackberryOnline OnlyYesOnline Only
# of Devices Per LicenseUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
Packages and Cost in USDFreeFree or Premium Available ($5 to 10 USD/user/month) Education or Business version also available (varied)Free
Microsoft Office Document CompatibilityCan AttachCan AttachCan't Attach Files
Open Document CompatibilityCan AttachCan AttachCan't Attach Files
Portable Document Format (PDF)Can AttachCan AttachCan't Attach Files
Autosave and BackupExcellentExcellentExcellent
Security, Document Password Protection, EncryptionExcellentExcellentExcellent
AccessibilityExcellentPoor (Your device may have some features)Good (Your device may have more)
Update ProcessExcellentExcellentExcellent
Web Clipper AppOneNote Web ClipperEvernote Web ClipperChrome App or "Share via"
News AppSeveral including Feedly and News 360Several including Feedly and News 360No
Email AppEmail to OneNote, CloudMagic and PowerbotCloudMagic and PowerbotGmail
Printing / Scanning AppSeveral including OfficeLens and NeatConnectSeveral including ScannerPro and CamScannerGoogle Drive Apps available
SmartPen AppLivescribe and ModNotebooksLivescribe and ModNotebooksLiveScribe to Google Docs (not Keep)
Connection to Other Major Web AppsIFTTT and ZapierIFTTT and ZapierIFTTT and Zapier (though with fewer options)
Home Screen Display WidgetAvailableAvailableAvailable
Annotation / Quick Sketch AppSkitchSkitch and PenultimateSketch for Keep
User Interface & CustomizationExcellentExcellentExcellent
Text & OCRExcellent (with Office Lens)ExcellentGood
Task Lists and Alerts / RemindersExcellentExcellentGood
Notebooks, Tags, & CategoriesExcellentExcellentGood (hashtags available but not as many organization tools)
CommentsPoorPoor (Markup available though)Poor
Spelling & Grammar CheckExcellentExcellentExcellent
Printing & ExportingGood (requires cloud printing)Good (requires cloud printing)Good (requires cloud printing)
Cloud EnvironmentMicrosoft OneDriveEvernote CloudGoogle Drive
Asynchronous Collaborative EditingExcellent - available in free versionGood - available in Shared Notes (Premium version) or Related Notes (Business version)Poor (share to Google+ but no collaborative editing)
Online to Offline Syncing & EditingExcellentGood in Free, Excellent in PremiumOnly in the Chrome app
Social SharingWith Zapier appDepends on device (Facebook, Google+, Twitter, LinkedIn)Google+
TemplatesExcellent (page templates)Excellent (download from Evernote site)Poor


When considering prices, keep in mind that some of the additional features listed as apps in this table (near the center of the first column or list of features) may require purchase of a premium version or membership, or the purchase of a third-party app which then works in conjunction with OneNote, Evernote, or Keep.

That said, most of the associated apps mentioned here are free.

As you continue to consider your best option, keep in mind that all three of these apps offer a free version. Some users benefit from simply downloading the app and giving it a spin.