Google Home or Amazon Alexa - Print / Transfer a shopping list?

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  1. Tempest

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    Now, this, SHOULD be the most simple things imaginable, but I find myself failing on both platforms.

    I've verbally created a shopping list on both my Google Home and my Amazon Alexa, just as a test.
    Now, for practicality reasons I'd wish to print the list out.

    (don't wish to keep staring at my smart phone, waking it back up, and balancing it as I wheel my trolley around the store.

    So I thought, hmmm, ok, I'll just email the list to my work email address, it's bound to just be plain text in an email, and I can print it out.

    Well, so far I've failed on both devices.

    The Alexa, I can't see any option to achieve this.
    On the Google home, I managed to sent a copy to my work email, but it was just a link to my google account and wanted me to verify myself from work, which I don't wish to do, adding my security stuff to a works pc.

    I assumed, foolishly I'd be able to just send the list.

    Am I missing something here?

    Thanks
     
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    Thanks.

    Well, I'm not seeing any actual print feature offered on Amazons page when I'm looking at my shopping list there.
    I can of course just select print from my web browser, but that creates a stupidly wasteful printout, about 20 items on a whole sheet of A4 :(
     
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    screenshot and print.. either from PC or phone?
     
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    Thanks.

    Actually I never knew about the desktop alexa app/sign in, so thanks for that.
    I found the print as you showed, so again thanks.

    It's still dumb as a potatoe, as who wants only 20 items on giant sheet of A4 when shopping. I get more than that on my current 3" square sticky note.

    Not your fault... Just Amazon being stupid and not understanding people would want a more compact format for actual shopping in the real world.

    Still, I can at least print :)

    Thanks

    Oh I just found out you can scale, so it's workable. Still more space that text, but, workable :)
     
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    In theory but a sad state of affairs when you need to resort to that.

    I read that Google used to use Keep for shopping and it was great, but now they changed and made it hopeless.

    Another dumb flaw that I found, then after searching found that I was not alone in thinking how stupid.

    So you don't forget items, the idea is, you just speak to add things to your shopping list as you do about your day, perhaps as you put the last bit of chicken in the over, you say "add chicken to my shopping list"

    However, many people like to order the list in the way they know the store is laid out, so the list matches the route around the store.

    So, once you have all the items recorded, before you do your shop.
    Can you reorder them?

    Nope, of course not !!!!!
    You USED to be able to, when it was in Google Keep but now, no, you can't.
    The brains in the office seem to be focused on marketing and have links to selling stuff instead :(
     
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    I use Keep and I can reorder the lists and the items in the lists :confused:

    Click on a list, mouse hover on left next to the item to be moved and a handle appears. Simply drag t to where you want it.

    I share my shopping with my partner and she can update, add to etc and I see the changes. That's a nice feature.

    For printing; I never really felt the need to when I have a Note8, but the list could be copied to Google docs and printed from there if needed.
     
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    You use Google Keep in conjunction with a Google Home?
    How do you get the home to add items to a list/doc in Keep then?

    That would be great, and I understand Keep used to be the default google/app for lists. So I read.
     
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    Have you tried the 'Our Groceries' Alexa skill along with the app? it will allow you to do all that, you can email your list to yourself for printing, you can add items by category, create categories (e.g bakery, butchery etc) import and export your data and a host of other stuff, takes a little getting used to but once mastered it's very efficient, might be worth a look, my Mrs loves it
     
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    I don't have Google Home but am considering it.

    So, it doesn't add to keep lists.. shame, that was one of the things that might make me buy it.
     
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    Oh trust me, they are amazing devices on one have, but glaringly obvious things are not right or just missing on the other.

    Go into google calendar and make a event for the day, say, going to see parents, and by default it's an add day event of course.

    Then ask your google home any events for that day?
    Nope, nothing.
    I can't see all day events.

    Likewise Calendars, it will only see you main calendar for any events.
    Google itself generates calendar entries for you, based upon the birth-dates of people you put in your contact list.

    But google home, can't see those events either!

    However, the Amazon Alexa. Googles main competitor can see all the google calendar events!

    Staggering.
     
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    Sorry but I just gave up in the end, as, if I'm honest, the Old Way that I use is so dam easy it's hard to improve upon till I have some fancy printing method.

    Just my whole shopping list on a small 3" Square post-it-note, which I stick the the plastic area between my hands on the shopping trolley

    As much as I've love the tech route, it's just so ideal.

    However, it is handy to verbally add things onto my shopping list over the week on either a Google Home or an Amazon Echo, but when it comes to the physical quick and easy in-store side of things, a sticky note on the trolley feels hard to beat.

    And I do hate it, when I see others, not looking where they are going, looking at their phones in the middle of the shopping isle, probably checking their shopping list on their phones ;)

    One day perhaps..... :)
     

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