Mac Basics: Using Siri

Siri can be a good tool to help you increase your productivity if you give it a chance. You can ask for information, search the web, get to files, folders and settings. You can also use it to schedule events, add reminders, send messages and emails. You can use Siri completely silently if you set it up right.

Comments: 8 Responses to “Mac Basics: Using Siri”

    Harry Balekjian
    6 months ago

    Gary, Thanks for all the great Tips I look forward to your videos! I can’t get an answer to this, on my MacBook connected to a usb dock running Big Sur. when i try to open Siri with “hey siri” it doesnt respond i double checked all settings, they all look good the system mic is fine and showing bars when i speak. Looks like a fey complaints on line but no fixes, any thoughts?

    6 months ago

    Harry: Does it only not work when you have the usb dock connected? Are you sure the sound input is set correctly and the input level is not all the way down?

    Gene
    6 months ago

    I had a reminder each week to run my lawn tractor to keep the battery charged. I got the reminder on my Mac but was wrapped up in another issue. I asked Siri to let me know when it was 3 o’clock. She came back and said, “What Gene, you don’t have any clocks in your house?” I was flabbergasted and replied, “You bitch!”. She replied, “That’s not nice Gene”. It was funny and you have to give some Apple managers credit for having a sense of humor.

    Harry Balekjian
    6 months ago

    Gary: Thanks for getting Back to me, no voice activation on Hey Seri once I open the app the mic works fine.

    Gene
    6 months ago

    I asked Siri to “Show me Desktop”. It displayed the files in my Desktop Folder. I scrolled down to the “Show all files in Finder”. I clicked that an nothing happened. What am I doing wrong?

    6 months ago

    Harry: What “app?” You’ll probably have to call Apple Support on this. I don’t think I’ll be able to solve your problem with a back-and-forth in comments like this.

    6 months ago

    Gene: Sorry, I don’t know. That should work.

    Sylvie Chubbs
    5 months ago

    Many thanks for these tips. I hadn’t known about the link to other apps from Siri. I use Siri to dictate my essays (mainly reading from Wiki !) and dictating replies to emails. Most of the time she’s very accurate.

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