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Google just released its new Chrome Canvas app, making it easier to jot down quick notes and ideas on devices and filling the hole left by the retirement of Microsoft Paint.

There are dozens of Android drawing apps and smart pencils that promise the ultimate pressure sensitivity. Chrome Canvas seems like it would be most effective on a Chromebook or a device with a stylus, but the app works across all platforms.

The app is now appearing in some Chromebook users app drawers, pre-installed, Chrome Unboxed reported. You can try out Chrome Canvas on your desktop or mobile by going to If you check out the app on mobile, there's an option to add a widget to your home screen.

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The link directs you to a blank page. The tool tray on the left side of the screen gives you the choice of pencil, pen, marker, chalk, or an eraser. Double tapping on the chosen tool lets you adjust the stroke size and opacity.

Tapping the color dot above the pencil displays the color palette. If you tap Custom, you can drag the icon around the gradient to get the color you want. By typing in the Hex number, you can get an even more specific color choice.

You can upload an image to draw on as well. Simply tap the Home icon and tap New from Image.

Chrome Canvas is a quick and efficient tool. After you take notes or make a doodle, tap the settings icon in the upper right corner to export your canvas. Tapping the Home icon in the upper left redirects you to your previously saved images.

Your saved images each have a settings icon so you can export, rename, or delete them. Users can get a new canvas by tapping New Drawing.

Of course, Chrome Canvas isn't set up to be a replacement for apps like Adobe Premiere Pro, for example. But the app can still be helpful for making quick notes, marking up a document, or drawing to kill time.

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  1. Google released the cross-platform Chrome Canvas app for quick note-taking and drawing.
  2. Users can easily adjust stroke and opacity on creations, upload images to draw on, and quickly export, edit, or delete canvases.

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Shelby is an Associate Writer for CNET's She served as Editor in Chief for the Louisville Cardinal newspaper at the University of Louisville. She interned as Creative Non-Fiction Editor for Miracle Monocle literary magazine. Her work appears in Glass Mountain Magazine, Bookends Review, Soundings East, and on Her cat, Puck, is the best cat ever.