Note Take Chromebooks Easier With Cursive


Have you ever tried Cursive, Google’s web app for taking handwritten notes? Here’s how you can install it and use it on your Chromebook.


take notes in a notebook

Cursive is a progressive web application (PWA) introduced by Google with the release of the HP x2 11 Chromebook. You can use this application to take handwritten notes on your Chromebook equipped with a stylus.

The app supports touchpad and mouse, but works best with a stylus and touchscreen. Cursive is great for drawing and jotting down notes and ideas on your Chromebook. You can capture, edit, and organize your notes which the app syncs with your Google Account.

So let’s take a look at the installation process and an overview of the features of Cursive.

How to install Cursive on your Chromebook

Cursive is fairly straightforward to install. You can get it on your Chromebook by going to https://cursive.apps.chrome in your Chrome browser. You will see a To download in the left corner of your address bar. Click on it.

Installing the Cursive app from the Chrome browser

Now click on To install to get Cursive on your Chromebook, accessible from the app drawer.

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Explore the Cursive app

Here is a brief overview of the interface and some of the features that the app offers to its users.

1. Home screen

On the home screen of the app, you will find two main options: New remark and New notebook. Notebooks are a compilation of notes that you can create for your convenience and for record keeping.

New-note-and-new-cursive-options-notebook

All your notes and notebooks are accessible via this home screen. You can click on the Three points (More options) next to a note to delete it or add it to a notebook.

More-options-for-an-individual-note

When you click New remark, the app will take you to the note taking interface. Clicking on New notebook opens a small window where you can name your notepad and assign a color to it Blanket of your choice.

Adding-a-new-notebook-in-cursive

In addition, you can also access various options such as Guided tour and Show recycle bin by clicking on the Three points (More options) in the upper right corner of the screen, just below the close button.

More-options-on-the-cursive-app-home-screen

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2. Note taking interface

Cursive app note taking interface

The main interface has tools on the left of the top bar and the to cancel and Remake buttons on the right. You also have the Three points (More options) in the far right corner of this bar to access the Settings menu.

The tools that Cursive currently offers are:

  1. The Pen is your main tool for drawing and writing in cursive. You can change the color and thickness of the pen line.

  2. You have the Highlighter to highlight what you wrote with the pen. You get the same customization options for the highlighter as you do for the pen.

  3. After that you have your Gum to make changes to your notes.

  4. You also benefit from a Selection tool to select different sections of your notes.

  5. Then there is the To make room tool to create space between your notes if you need to add information.

  6. Finally, you have the possibility to Insert picture on your note-taking board.

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In the far right corner of the top bar (under More options), you have various features like changing the table background, copying everything to clipboard, exporting notes to PDF, and switching between touch mode and pen mode.

Once you’ve taken notes in Cursive, you don’t need to save them manually. Simply close the app or go back to the home screen by clicking the button Home icon in the leftmost corner of the top bar.

You can get to know Cursive better by following the Guided tour or by clicking on Learn more.

More options on the note-taking interface

Take your digital notes to the next level

As you have seen, Cursive is an intuitive app for taking notes on your Chromebook. If you have a Chromebook with a stylus, this app is a must have for you. But feel free to test it with your touchpad or mouse.


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