Google Docs logo on a white background

When you organize a meeting, it’s probably your responsibility to take notes. Whether you plan to share those notes or just keep them as a reference, be prepared to capture them. Google Docs gives you a convenient way to start.

With a few clicks, you can select the upcoming meeting and have the details with sections for notes and action items all set. Then when the meeting starts, you’re a step ahead.

Insert a Meeting Notes Template in Google Docs

Head to Google Docs and sign in. You’ll want to use the same Google account as the Google Calendar that contains the meeting.

RELATED: How to Change Your Default Google Account on the Web

Go to the spot in your document where you want to add the meeting notes. Click Insert > Templates from the menu bar and select “Meeting Notes.”

Select Meeting Notes next to Templates

Advertisement

You’ll then see a drop-down list of suggested events from your Google Calendar. Choose the meeting or use the Search box if you have many.

Select the event

And just like that, a meeting note template will pop into your document. You’ll see the date, title, and attendees as Smart Chips. You can simply click one for additional details.

Click a Smart Chip for details

RELATED: How to Embed a Contact Card in a Google Docs Document

You have a spot for Notes with the first bullet point ready for your input. You also have an area for Action Items with the first box of a checklist. Like any list in Google Docs, add your item, hit Enter, and you’ll see another bullet or check box ready for your next item.

Meeting notes template in Google Docs

The meeting notes template in Google Docs is one of those features you don’t realize exists unless you’re browsing through the menu. So remember this handy tool for your next meeting and get a jumpstart on your meeting notes!

If you decide to share the meeting notes with the attendees, take a look at how easy it is to share documents in Google Docs.

RELATED: How to Share Documents on Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides

Profile Photo for Sandy Writtenhouse Sandy Writtenhouse
With her B.S. in Information Technology, Sandy worked for many years in the IT industry as a Project Manager, Department Manager, and PMO Lead. She learned how technology can enrich both professional and personal lives by using the right tools. And, she has shared those suggestions and how-tos on many websites over time. With thousands of articles under her belt, Sandy strives to help others use technology to their advantage.
Read Full Bio »

The above article may contain affiliate links, which help support How-To Geek.